Boardwalk Empire alum Charlie Cox is poised to play the title character in Marvel’s 13-episode series Daredevil, set to premiere on Netflix in 2015, sources confirm. The project was written by executive producer Drew Goddard, with Steven S. DeKnight just hired as executive producer/showrunner. Daredevil is the first of four 13-episode superhero series set in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, which Marvel is producing for Netflix. It will be followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, with the characters from each show then coming together for an Avengers-type superhero teaming in a chapter-closing miniseries. The character of blind superhero Matt Murdock/Daredevil most recently was played on the big screen by Ben Affleck. Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen. The casting reaffirms Cox’s drama series leading-man potential, something CBS brass strongly believed in, casting the British actor as the lead of two consecutive pilots, The Ordained last season and John Cusack’s Wall Street project this season. Unfortunately, neither went to series. It is possible that Marvel can’t announce Cox because he hasn’t been formally released from the most recent CBS pilot. UPDATE 6 PM: Marvel officially announced Cox’s casting.
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