Marvel's first Netflix series just keeps looking better.
For a while, we were excited just to be getting a new version of the Man Without Fear at all. Then things got more interesting when Charlie Cox was cast in the title role. Earlier this month, the developing series got another dose of awesome when Vincent D'Onofrio was cast as the Kingpin, and now another badass star has been added to the cast as a "key guest-star."
Marvel announced today that Sin City and Death Proof star Rosario Dawson will join the 13-episode series, which will premiere next year as the first of several Netflix series based on Marvel superheroes.
“Rosario Dawson is one the most charismatic, talented and powerful actresses in Hollywood, so she was always at the top of our list for 'Marvel’s Daredevil,'” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.”
Dawson joining the cast at all is enough to get us excited, but her casting is made more intriguing by the fact that Marvel has not specified what role she's playing, making her the first major star added to the show who hasn't been given a character reveal yet. Her character does get a somewhat vague description, though:
"Rosario Dawson will play a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city."
So, a character who already has an association with Hell's Kitchen, seems committed to helping the community and unexpectedly becomes intertwined with Matt Murdock. That could be a lot of people, including an original character created specifically for the show. Initial character descriptions can be deceiving, though, so Dawson's character could end up being someone much more complex. It might be too early to wonder if she'll be some version of Elektra, but you never know. She could also perhaps be a character like Misty Knight, who has a long association with Hell's Kitchen and could appear here as a setup for future appearance in the Luke Cage and Iron Fist series. She could be Echo, she could be Murdock's long-running love interest Karen Page, she could be his more recent love interest Kirsten McDuffie. She could even be a gender-swapped version of Murdock's long-suffering partner Foggy Nelson. She could even be a villain. Then again, she could be none of those people.
Whoever she is, Dawson definitely adds more potential greatness to this much-anticipated series. What do you think? Is Daredevil still heading in the right direction?