Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ Series Adds ‘True Blood’ Star Deborah Ann Woll & Peter Shinkoda

By July 17, 2014
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The major players of Netflix’s first forthcoming Marvel series “Daredevil” have already been cast: “Boardwalk Empire” star Charlie Cox is playing the lead Matt Murdock, Elden Henson is his best friend Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio will play Kingpin Wilson Fisk, and Rosario Dawson is taking the role of an unknown character. Now two more names have joined the mix.

First up, Deadline reports “Falling Skies” star Peter Shinkoda has landed a major recurring role as a character named Hachiro, which doesn’t seem to call back to any characters from the comic book. And that’s all the information we have on Shinkoda’s character so far, though that’s more than has been revealed about what Dawson is doing in the first of Marvel’s four upcoming series on Netflix that will lead up to an assemble of “The Defenders.”

Deborah Ann Woll

The second new cast member comes from HBO as EW reports “True Blood” vixen Deborah Ann Woll is taking a female lead role in the series as Karen Page, the primary love interest of Matt Murdock. Page has been around since the first issue of the comics, but wasn’t a prominent part of the film adaptation, so this will be her first pivotal appearance in a screen adaptation.

There’s certainly a lot riding on the success of this series but if Netflix’s work with “House of Cards” or “Orange is the New Black” is any indicator, they know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to quality television. And at least these Marvel series won’t have to answer to advertisers or have to worry about being held back by censors or the parameters of network television.

Once “Daredevil” arrives next year, Marvel will have three TV series airing at one time with “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returning for a second season this fall, not to mention the premiere of the limited series “Agent Carter” both hitting ABC. We’re pretty interested to see how they all connect to Marvel’s ongoing cinematic universe on the big screen. What about you?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.