CBT’s Warriors Three Cast: Daredevil & Jessica Jones
Marvel is is seemingly invading just about every media form there is. After having dominated the film world for several years now, they quickly moved to the small screen with Agents of S.HI.E.L.D. and the recently announced Peggy Carter series that will likely find a home on television, though that has not been confirmed. A few months back, we learned that Marvel had struck a deal with internet streaming mogul Netflix to bring us four new series that includes Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, all of which will culminate in a Defenders mini-series. A few weeks back, CBT’s Warriors Three, Cody Ferrell, Jake Lester and myself, got together and came up some casting suggestions for the duo of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, which you can read HERE. Today, we gather to give our selections for the other have of the future Defenders, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. As always, we’ll each suggest and actor, then take a few moments to discuss that person; what we like or don’t like. Take a look and join in on the discussion in the comments section below.
Josh: The first thing I looked for in an actor to take on the role of Matt Murdock is someone who could jump from a series to the big screen with ease, as that is what will likely happen with this character. Hopefully. My search landed on Richard Madden, who most people know from Game of Thrones, where he played the now deceased Robb Stark. Madden showed that he has the charisma and talent to lead, not just a series, but a big screen film. He owned the screen every time he was on it and show an emotional range that will be needed for a role like Daredevil. He also works very well in an ensemble cast, which is a must-have for any actor looking to join the Marvel cinematic universe. He’s not an overly built actor, but has the body frame that could be built upon, not to mention the looks to match the Murdock from the pages of the comics. Madden is on the verge of breaking out into bigger and better things and this project would certainly be a launching point for that to happen.
Jake: Madden is kind of an odd looking fellow to me. Not really a big Game Of Thrones fan, but I hear good things about not just some, but ALL of the actors involved with that show. So I’m sure acting wise he would be fine. I really just can’t get over his look. He is not what I think of when I think of what Daredevil should look like. However, casting actors that don’t really look like their comic counterpart isn’t a new thing. See Grant Gustin as Barry Allen.
Cody: Not a bad choice. He’s a good actor, though Klondike was so-so. The only problem I’d have is it would be very soon after Game of Thrones. I’d like a little more padding and a few more projects between what would be two high profile roles. I’d be afraid there is a little baggage, but I could easily be proven wrong. I’m not saying no, I’m saying wait a while.
Jake: I want to preface this pick with a suggestion to the show’s creators. Please, OH PLEASE, give Daredevil his yellow suit. If it’s only one episode, I am completely fine with that, but it needs to happen. Now, on with who to cast as the Man Without Fear. Matt Lauria would be my top choice. He isn’t overly known, but has a good resume, that includes some good long lasting shows such as Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. Each new series that he joins he has continued to grow and get better and better. I think he is ready to carry his own show, and Daredevil would be perfect. He has the body type to pull of what Matt Murdock does on a nightly bases. Like Jessica Jones, Daredevil is fit, but not overly muscular and that’s exactly what Lauria is.
Cody: I wouldn’t be upset with this one, though honestly he’s one of those “Oh! THAT guy” actors to me. I’ve seen him in things but I had to look up what those things were before weighing in. He does have a very dashing, square-jawed hero look. Daredevil, as much as I love him, isn’t a top tier character (thought he is close). I think that could be a good role to have someone like Lauria tackle. And yeah, yellow costume please.
Josh: I don’t hate this choice at all. Lauria has a good look to him, one that fits the image of both Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil. I’ve never seen Parenthood and I watched limited episodes of Friday Night Lights, but I do remember him being a solid actor. Great choice here.
Cody: Daredevil is a character I have a particular affinity toward. I’ve been a fan of the Man without Fear for a while, but as you know I love the Mark Waid/Chris Samnee run. That would be what I’d like to see used as a partial basis for the Netflix series. Keeping that in mind, I’m going to go with Garrett Hedlund. Hedlund and Ben McKenzie were the two guys at the top of my list, but we all know McKenzie is now protecting Gotham. That made the choice easy. Hedlund is a good actor, he looks the part (almost perfectly), and he’s the right age (29). A Netflix series is halfway between a TV series and a movie, so that would be a good medium for Hedlund to tackle the role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil. I think he could bring the gamut of emotions you need for Matt- brooding, the occasional bout of depression, joy, fearlessness, and a little swagger. Tron is his most recognizable role to date, but I don’t think we’d have to worry about that marring anything. The sequel has been in development hell for a while. That leaves him wide open for a potential franchise role.
Jake: Garrett Hedlund is one of those guys that you here for superhero’s a lot. It seems ever since he was in Tron: Legacy, people have be trying to fit him in to the superhero genre. Most people think, “superhero X doesn’t have an actor to play them yet. Garett Hedlund would be a great choice.” To me he’s a generic choice. However, even though he is a bit vanilla when it comes to casting a superhero, I wouldn’t hate it. There are a lot worse choices out there, but to be honest there are a lot better too…Like my guy.
Josh: I’ve always been a big fan of Hedlund and I think he’s be a fantastic Daredevil. He’s a great actor and I don’t think he gets the credit that he deserves. Don’t believe me? Go watch On The Road or Death Sentence. You’ll thank me. Hedlund is a big enough name to carry a series like this, but he’s not too big of a star that would cost Marvel a ton of money to take to the big screen either. I can’t really think of anything bad to say here.
Jake: Being more of a DC guy, I have to admit I don’t know much about Jessica Jones. However, upon my research for her I settled in on a choice. Adrianne Palicki would be my top choice for the character. Jessica Jones isn’t an overly muscular, and Palicki fits that bill. While she is tone, she doesn’t look out of her mind with muscles.To go along with the look, she can bring the a decent set of acting skills. She has the superhero acting chops with the Wonder Woman pilot. I know I know, not a great example, but she was far from the furthest thing wrong with that show. Unlike Cody, I remember who I wanted cast as Luke Cage, and I think the combination of Morris Chestnut, and Andrianne Palicki would have amazing chemistry in my humble opinion.
Josh: For what ever reason, I have a hard time drinking the Palicki Kool-Aid. She’s one of those actresses that is continually being shoved down our throats, showing to a ton of parties, but not really going anywhere because of it (i.e. Wonder Woman, GI JOE, Red Dawn). Is she a bad actress? No. Is she a great actress? Not really. She’s just always there, stuck in mediocrity.
Cody: I’ve enjoyed things Palicki has been in, but I’ve never been a huge fan. I think she could bring something interesting to the role though. She’s still wanting a comic book role (we’re not counting the first G.I. Joe movie), so I think she could pull it off. I do think she has a more DC sensibility though.
Josh: For Jessica Jones, I had to do a bit more research into the character, like my partners in crime. What I found was a shattered and bruised past, that should they translate to the series, could provide for a deep and emotional series. It will be interesting to see how much of that they use. Needless to say, it will take an actress with some serious range to capture this character. I’ve decided on Ashley Greene for the role. Most comic fans won’t know her, I don’t think, but hang with me on this one. Greene is most known for her role as Alice in the Twilight films, where she was one of few bright spots in a really dark room. Greene was always the stand out in those films, which I know is not a difficult task. But, she was able to do wonders with a sub-par script; turn he parts into something watchable. She has a nice build without being too curvy, or lanky for that matter. She, like my Matt Murdock choice, also does well with a large group and shows she can be a stand out in a crowd. Don’t let her film history keep you from giving her a chance.
Cody: I know we usually have to tell you, “Josh, we know you love Twilight but those actors can’t be in everything” all the time, but this isn’t horrible.I think there are probably better characters for her out there, though there is potential with the Jessica Jones role. I’ve watched one Twilight film and she was definitely a stand-out. I think you might be overselling her range.
Jake: I’m in the same boat as Cody. Josh, Twilight made good money, but it wasn’t because of the actors. In all seriousness though, I could see this. She was one of the bright spots of the movies to be honest. In full disclosure, if we ever cast The Wasp, Ashely Greene would be my choice. So what I’m trying to say is, I think there is a better character suited for her out there, but I could get on board with this.
Cody: Jessica Jones was a harder choice. I haven’t read a lot of Jessica Jones stories in my day, my exposure being things with her as a background character or a small part of a larger ensemble. I had to do some research on this one. My choice isn’t a big name, but it’s someone you’ve seen in shows like House of Cards, Grey’s Anatomy, and Orange is the New Black- Rachel Brosnahan. Her performance in season 2 of House of Cards (as former prostitute Rachel Posner) really ran the gauntlet. I think she could bring something interesting to the character. She can play damaged well, and Jessica Jones is a damaged character in a lot of senses. It’s hard to cast this one without knowing who Luke Cage is since they’re destined to be together, but I think she could work well with just about anyone. She doesn’t bring any previous work baggage to the role, so she can really make it her own.
Josh: I’ve never seen Brosnahan in anything, save for two episodes of The Blacklist, and I don’t watch any of the series you mentioned, so I don’t feel I can pass judgement on that front. I hear a lot of good things though. Having said that, I don’t see a hero when I look at her; nothing stands out and screams “I’M A GOOD GUY AND I’M COMING TO SAVE YOU!” I don’t think I’d be mad if she were cast in the role, but she just doesn’t light that spark you’d expect a Marvel hero to possess.
Jake: I’m not overly familiar with Rachel Brosnahan. However, when Cody sent in his picks I did some research on her and checked out YouTube, photos and all the other medias I could. She has that unique look that reminds me of all the art that I have seen Jessica Jones in. While a tad skinny she could put on some muscle and pull it off nicely. Her acting is pretty decent as well. Netflix is kind of a unique medium where it’s almost a movie, but it’s really a TV show. With Brosnahan familiar with being on a Netflix show, I think she could handle it.
So, Marvel fans? there you have it. As per usual, the three of us have all come up with much different choices coming from all different mediums. Hopefully, we should hear who Marvel has in store for these new Netflix series in the coming months. Fans are quite excited to see this fearsome foursome on the small screen, or possibly the big screen. Be sure to share your thoughts on these casting suggestions below, we’d love to hear from you. Also, if you have a character you’d like to see us tackle, feel free to give suggestions. You can also check out all of our past CBT’s Warriors Three casting articles below.