Charlie Cox isn’t the only Netflix alumni reprising his role in the upcoming Daredevil: Born Again Disney+ series. Jon Bernthal will once again don his bullet-proof, skull-faced vest and join Cox, who plays Matt Murdock/Daredevil as well as Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin) for the series, which will begin shooting this month in New York City. Bernthal first appeared as The Punisher in Season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil, where he and Daredevil quickly butted heads over their preferred methods of vigilantism. Bernthal went on to play the titular lead in his own Netflix series after appearing in Daredevil Season 2, starring in that role for 2 seasons from 2017-2019.
As of this writing, neither Disney nor Marvel Studios hasn’t made any official announcement regarding the news Jon Bernthal will return as The Punisher in Daredevil: Born Again, but we’ll keep you updated as more news becomes available.
According to the same sources, it isn’t expected that Deborah Ann Woll, who played Karen Page, nor Elden Henson, who played Foggy Nelson, will be returning for their supporting roles in the series. Whether their characters won’t be featured in Daredevil: Born Again or have been recast isn’t confirmed at the moment.
Daredevil: Born Again, which takes its name from a famous, critically-acclaimed Frank Miller Daredevil story arc (with art by David Mazzuchelli), which perhaps explains why the series on Disney+ will span a whopping 18 episodes, as opposed to the usual six or eight that has been the case with series like Hawkeye, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki.
Charlie Cox stated at the Disney’s D23 Expo that Daredevil: Born Again won’t pick up exactly where the Netflix show left off, nor will it borrow directly from the Frank Miller storyline.
“I don’t think it means we’re going to tell the Frank Miller story of Born Again in the comics,” Cox said. “I don’t think it means that. I think it’s — you know we made the [Netflix] show, it ended, years passed, and we’re making another show. It’s a perfect title.”
Other rumored cast members aside from Cox, D’Onofrio, and now Bernthal as the Punisher include Michael Gandolfini (The Many Saints of Newark), Margarita Levieva (Revenge) and Sandrine Holt (American Gigolo).
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