Elektra is headed for Hell’s Kitchen, with Marvel and Netflix casting Elodie Yung in the role of the iconic Marvel superhero for Season 2 of “Daredevil.”
Charlie Cox stars on the series as Matt Murdoch, the blind lawyer by day, superhero by night who seeks to save New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen.
A sometime love interest for Cox’s character, in the comics Elektra Natchios studied martial arts with Stick, who was also Murdoch’s sensei, and spent time as an assassin and bounty hunter. Jennifer Garner played the same character in Marvel’s 2003 “Daredevil” movie starring Ben Affleck, and then in her own solo spinoff film in 2005.
“After a worldwide search, we found in Elodie the perfect actress to embody both Elektra’s impressive and deadly physicality, as well as her psychological complexity,” Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, said in a statement. “Paired with Charlie as Matt Murdock, the two will bring one of the most beloved and tumultuous comic book relationships to life with all the accompanying sparks and spectacular action sequences the show is known for.”
Yung joins fellow newbie Jon Bernthal, who will play The Punisher.
Season 2 of “Daredevil” will premiere in 2016.
Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez will serve as showrunners for “Daredevil’s” second season, taking over for Steven DeKnight, who shepherded the first season. The duo worked closely with DeKnight and Drew Goddard on the show’s first season.
Ramirez, Petrie and Goddard will serve as executive producers along with Loeb.
Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll and Vincent D’Onofrio also star on the show, which is the first of a planned Marvel Netflix universe.
Other superhero dramas set to premiere on Netflix over the next several years include “AKA Jessica Jones,” starring Krysten Ritter, “Luke Cage” starring Mike Colter, “Iron Fist” and “Defenders,” a teamup featuring the four Marvel superheroes together for the first time.
Yung, who played Rooney Mara’s love interest in David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and the character of Jinx in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” will soon be seen on ABC’s “Of Gods and Prophets.” She is represented by Finch & Partners, Gersh and Generate.