In another move that shows how much inspiration the upcoming Daredevil Netflix series will draw from Frank Miller’s run in the comics, Marvel has cast Scott Glenn (The Hunt for Red October, Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, the mysterious martial artist famous for training both Elektra and the titular Man Without Fear.
Stick was created by Miller in 1981, where he’s depicted as a blind master martial artist who not only teaches a young Matt Murdock how to fight, but how to control his senses and develop his “radar sense.” Stick is also revealed to be the leader of a warrior order called The Chaste that regularly fought with a mercenary group known as The Hand.
Stick was last played by Terence Stamp in the terrible 2005 film Elektra from 20th Century Fox. The studio heads at Marvel must have erased that casting from their minds, however, as the report on the studio’s website that announced Glenn’s casting calls it the character’s “live-action debut.”
Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s television head, had this to say about Glenn’s casting:
“Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock’s life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero’s journey. There are few actors who could bring such authenticity, gravitas, and charisma to such a key role in Matt’s journey to become the super hero we call Daredevil.”
Created by Loeb and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods, Sinister Six), Daredevil is being overseen by Spartacus and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer alum Steven S. DeKnight. The show stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Deborah Ann Wolf as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio as The Kingpin, and Rosario Dawson in a mystery role.
While it currently lacks an official release date, Daredevil’s entire 13-episode season is expected to hit Netflix in the summer of 2015.