We’ve had no shortage of casting news for Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil series over the last few weeks, and that trend continues with the recent addition of Sin City actress Rosario Dawson.
According to Marvel’s official announcement of the casting, 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.” The announcement goes on to say of Dawson’s unnamed character that “her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.”
Daredevil follows blind superhero Matt Murdock, who lost his sight as a child but had his other senses raised to superhuman levels, as he fights for justice as a lawyer during the day and battles crime at night in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.
The description of Dawson’s character has led to speculation that she’ll play Linda Carter, a.k.a. Night Nurse, a character that first debuted in 1972 and was later reintroduced into the Marvel Comics universe in a 2004 issue of Daredevil. Offering medical services to superheroes who might not otherwise be able to pay or risk compromising their identities, Night Nurse became an important supporting character in both Daredevil and later, in the 2006 miniseries Doctor Strange: The Oath.
“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 will join lead actor Charlie Cox, who was cast as Daredevil in late May, and Vincent D’Onofrio, who was recently cast as the villain Kingpin. The 13-episode series is executive produced by Loeb, as well as showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer) and Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) — the latter of which wrote the first two episodes of the series.
Marvel’s Daredevil is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2015.
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