By Maurice Bobb
The search for the man in the dark red devil suit is over.
Marvel announced Tuesday (May 27) that noted actor Charlie Cox has been officially cast as the new Daredevil for its upcoming Netflix series.
The “Boardwalk Empire” alum will play Matt Murdoch, the blind lawyer who fights crime in the courtroom by day and uses his five remaining superhuman senses to battle villains like Bullseye and the Kingpin in modern day Hell’s Kitchen by night.
Cox’s casting as “the man without fear” comes just days after Marvel announced writer/director Drew Goddard’s reduced role to executive producer in the planned series. Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus” and “Angel”) will replace Goddard as the originally scripted drama’s showrunner.
Born in London, Cox is best known for his role as Tristan Thorne in 2007’s “Stardust,” and for playing Irish immigrant Owen Sleater on HBO’s juggernaut period crime drama. He’ll take on the role originally brought to life by Ben Affleck in the widely-panned 2003 feature film.
The 13-episode series is the first of five Marvel series slated for Netflix release. Shows centered on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage are next in line for production, as well as a cumulative Defender series that will feature all five superheroes.
Daredevil, which is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, begins shooting this summer in New York City. The show is scheduled to premiere on the online streaming site sometime in 2015.