We’ve written quite a bit about Marvel and Netflix’s upcoming “Daredevil” TV series, and I’m fascinated with the possibilities of setting up a massive TV universe that can potentially cross over with the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. The show will be making its first public presentation at the upcoming New York Comic-Con, but that doesn’t mean that casting is finished yet.
Marvel.com revealed that the producers have cast actor Scott Glenn to play “Stick, the mysterious martial artist and mentor of Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil).” Glenn, who you may know from movies like The Bourne Ultimatum, The Silence of the Lambs, and Sucker Punch, apparently has a large role to play in the upcoming show. Marvel’s head of TV Jeph Loeb had this to say:
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 the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in Matt’s journey to become the super hero we call Daredevil.
The character, created by Frank Miller during his iconic run on the comic series, is a blind martial artist who teaches the young Matt Murdock how to use his perception as a form of “seeing” and gives him the training he needs to combat evil. Stick didn’t appear in the much-maligned Ben Affleck film, but did make an appearance (as played by Terence Stamp) in the 2005 spin-off, Elektra. Glenn is one of those guys who seems to have been around forever (my personal favorite performance of his is in Vertical Limit), and as Loeb says, he’s someone with the gravitas and physical prowess needed to play a part like this. Should be fun to see him trading blows with The Man Without Fear when this show hits Netflix in 2015.
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