Marvel fans, it's a big day for you: Entertainment Weekly reports that Netflix has cast their "Daredevil" for the superhero series, and his name is Charlie Cox.
The 31-year-old English actor will play the blind lawyer/superhero for the 13-episode run, with Drew Goddard ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") set to executive produce, and Steven S. DeKnight (Starz's "Sparticus") slated to showrun. The series will be one of four Marvel franchises to get the solo treatment, along with series "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist," and "Luke Cage" -- all of which will then join together for an upcoming Netflix miniseries called, "The Defenders." Exciting!
Where have you seen Charlie Cox before? In a word: everywhere. But while the the actor's filmography goes back to 2002, it wasn't until 2007's "Stardust" that his appearances really begin picking up steam. So because we care about you, and we care about Charlie Cox as "Daredevil" (I mean, he isn't Ben Affleck, so there's that), we've rounded up a guide to Marvel's newest superhero. (Spoilers abound.)
In this film based on a Neil Gaiman novel, Cox plays a young, unsure man named Tristan who falls in love with a woman named Yvaine (Claire Danes) who falls out of the sky. Because she's actually a star. (Trust us, it makes sense.) But -- spoiler! -- Tristan eventually learns he is also a star, and therefore must defeat evil witches who want Yvaine and Cox's mother dead. (Weirdest episode of "Homeland" yet.)
"Stone of Destiny" (2008)
Here, Cox plays Scottish nationalist Ian Hamilton, who stole the Stone of Scone from England (to bring back to Scotland). Released by a Vancouver production company, and co-starring Kate Mara as a woman who does not try and uncover secrets of the American government.
"Downton Abbey" (2010)
Making a mark on the very first episode, Cox played the Duke of Crowborough, who was brought in as a potential suitor for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery). However, the Duke was actually a closeted gay man who'd only come over to destroy his incriminating letters to house servant, Thomas (Robert James-Collier).
"Boardwalk Empire" (2011-2012)
And so Charlie Cox moved from the Edwardian era to 1920s-era Atlantic City, where he played Irish immigrant Owen Slater, who worked for criminal mastermind Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi). Oh, and he also had an affair with Nucky's wife Margaret (Kelly Macdonald), and ended up dead in a box a few episodes later. (Like that "SNL" short, but totally different.)
Cox is also set to star in "Dracula Untold" slated for release later this year. Meanwhile, all we can hope is that this installment is better than 2002's "Daredevil" movie. (Maybe Kate Mara will mosey on over from "House of Cards"!)