While the announcement that Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast as Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin of Crime, in the upcoming Marvel Netflix Daredevil series is a good thing for fans of the character and the actor, it says something else altogether about the actor himself. Is he putting on a little bit of weight?
The Kingpin, last played by the naturally imposing actor Michael Clarke Duncan (RIP) in the 2003 Ben Affleck Daredevil film, is an major league yet street level villain, known for casting a big shadow over the crime syndicates of New York City as well as for his considerable girth. Regardless of his size, D’Onofrio definitely has the acting chops to put more than a little scare into the Man Without Fear.
At Marvel.com, Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television had this to say about the casting: “We’re incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ in such an integral role. Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero.”
Known best for his roles in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Cell,”, “Men in Black,”, and “Full Metal Jacket,” D’Onofrio is no stranger to playing menacing, sometimes creepy or unstable characters. Wilson Fisk would be somewhat new for him, as the Kingpin is more of a calm and collected scheming manipulator that lets others do his dirty work for him. Donning the suit of a business man with plans for Hell’s Kitchen that sharply conflict with the interests of blind attorney Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil, played by Charlie Cox) will bring D’Onofrio firmly into the heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even if it’s in the small screen corner of it all. You could do a lot worse than playing the man who pretty much controls most of New York City’s criminal underworld.
Of course, this is technically not D’Onofrio’s first brush with playing a prominent Marvel Comics character… sort of. You might remember that he was mistaken for the mighty Thor way back in Adventures in Babysitting by a young fan. Or was he?
Watch for the series to premiere on Netflix in 2015.
From the official press release:
“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus”, “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil”), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”).
“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.
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