The Punisher showrunner has announced the casting of a few familiar Marvel characters
Netflix and Marvel Studios have announced five cast members for the forthcoming The Punisher TV series, including some classic Marvel favourites.
Frank Castle aka The Punisher is a popular antihero who made his Marvel Comics debut in 1974 and has previously been played on screen by actors including Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson.
Netflix’s adaptation of the character into a new show will mark the sixth Marvel adaptation that’s been put together for the platform, following on from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the still to be launched Iron Fist and The Defenders.
According to Digital Spy, The Sopranos and 24 star Paul Schulze has been cast as Rawlins, a CIA agent who often comes into conflict with The Punisher’s one-man war on crime.
Actor Jason R. Moore will play Curtis Hoyle, a close friend of The Punisher and among the few who know he’s actually still alive. Daniel Webber is set to play war veteran Lewis Walcott, Michael Nathanson will play Homeland Security agent Dinah Madani’s partner Sam Stein and Jaime Ray Newman will portray Punisher ally Micro’s wife Sarah Lieberman.
Announcing on the official Marvel website, producer and showrunner Steve Lightfoot said, “We couldn’t have asked for a more talented group of actors to round out the cast of Marvel’s The Punisher. It’s a thrill to watch them each bring their characters to life with such layered, nuanced performances.”
“Marvel TV is very proud of the cast of The Punisher,” continued Executive Producer Jeph Loeb, “Each actors brings a special promise who surround Jon Bernthal’s exceptional performance.”
Marvel described the character’s role in Daredevil as “a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results”. The Punisher is set to air in 2017 on Netflix.