The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal is joining another high-profile genre series, Marvel’s Daredevil. Bernthal is set to play The Punisher, one of Marvel’s most popular characters, in the second season of the Netflix series. Frank Castle aka The Punisher is a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results. Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil, the first of four Marvel series for Netflix, will be released in 2016.
“Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”
In Daredevil, blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Bernthal joins Cox and co-stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson and Rosario Dawson as the series transitions to new showrunners, Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who are succeeding Season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight.
Marvel’s Daredevil is executive produced by Petrie, Ramirez, pilot writer Drew Goddard, along with Loeb for Marvel Television and ABC Studios.