Hot on the heels of word that Peter Shinkoda would be playing an original character named Hachiro in Netflix and Marvel’s upcoming TV series Daredevil, we’ve learned that another talented actor has joined the 13-episode series’ already impressive cast. Deborah Ann Woll, known to HBO subscribers for her role as vampire Jessica on the long-running True Blood, has signed on to portray Karen Page, a love interest for Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), a blind lawyer by day who fights crime as the titular vigilante by night.
In the comics, Page was Murdock’s most enduring love interest, appearing in the very first issue of Daredevil back in April of 1964 as his secretary. The Netflix series has also cast Elden Henson as Murdock’s best friend and legal partner Foggy Nelson, who also had a romantic interest in Page throughout the comic-book series, but whether a love triangle will enter into this Daredevil‘s plot remains to be seen.
Regardless, Woll’s casting is exciting. The actress is terrifically talented, but with True Blood on its way out with possibly its least interesting season yet, it was high time for her to find a new gig. Additionally, this will be the first time that Page factors heavily into a Daredevil adaptation. The character was played by Ellen Pompeo in the 2003 Ben Affleck flick, but that was more of a glorified cameo than anything else.
In addition to Cox, Woll and Henson, Rosario Dawson has joined Daredevil in a mysterious role, and Vincent D’Onofrio will be playing Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin, one of Daredevil’s main enemies. We know that this series will be an origin story, so I wouldn’t expect that D’Onofrio’s Kingpin is at the same levels of villainy the character reached in the comics – at least at first – but I’m most excited to see D’Onofrio take on such an iconic comic-book baddie.
Daredevil is coming at us from Steven S. DeKnight, previously the showrunner on Starz’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand and its subsequent series. Hopefully that doesn’t mean we’ll be getting an excessive amount of slow-motion action – Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), the previous showrunner who left to helm Sony’s Sinister Six movie, is still exec-producing and consulting, so it seems likely that his strong blending of humor and character development will still be felt.
Netflix picked up the 13-episode Daredevil — along with Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, as well as team-up miniseries The Defenders — in a huge pact with Marvel. It will be the first series to hit the streaming service, emerging in early 2015.