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Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ Adds ‘Walking Dead’ Alum Jon Bernthal as The Punisher

The actor will portray iconic comic book character opposite Charlie Cox

“The Walking Dead” alum Jon Bernthal will play The Punisher on Season 2 of Netflix’s Marvel series “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.

Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, has the same goal, though he’s willing to do it by any means necessary.

“Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, in a statment. “Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”

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.

Bernthal, best known for his role on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” most recently wrapped “The Accountant” opposite Ben Affleck. He is represented by WME and the Burstein Company.

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