Netflix and Disney’s Marvel Entertainment announced that Rosario Dawson has joined the cast of “Daredevil,” the original series based on the street-hero comic coming to the Internet streaming-video service in 2015.
Dawson, whose credits include “Kids,” “Cesar Chavez” and “Sin City” and appears in the upcoming “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” will play a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil) unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city, according to Marvel.
British thesp Charlie Cox has landed the titular role of “Daredevil” in the live-action series, which is being produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix. Vincent D’Onofrio is set to play Wilson Fisk in the series.
“Rosario Dawson is one the most charismatic, talented and powerful actresses in Hollywood, so she was always at the top of our list for ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,”’ Marvel head of TV Jeph Loeb said. “Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.”
The 13-episode, hour-long “Daredevil” — the first of four Marvel original series slated to bow on Netflix — is exec produced by showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), along with Marvel TV’s Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”). Goddard also is writing the first two episodes of “Daredevil.”
Disney expects to spend $200 million over three years filming the Marvel series in New York City for Netflix, which represents the biggest TV or film production commitment in the history of New York State, according to officials.
The Netflix-Marvel pact, announced last fall, came after Netflix cut an output deal with Disney in December 2012. Under that deal, Mouse House theatrical releases will be available exclusively on Netflix in the pay-TV window in the U.S. after Disney’s pact with Starz expires at the end of 2015.