Netflix's THE PUNISHER Series Begins Casting With Ben Barnes

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English actor Ben Barnes, who is known for his role as Prince Caspian in "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian", has been cast as Frank Castle's enemy, TVLine reported exclusively. While Marvel's Netflix shows have played fast and loose with comic book mythology in the past, it would be odd for them to borrow a character from a movie no one particularly likes rather than bring in someone who has a comic history with this character.

Viewers got their first look at Bernthal's gun-toting antihero in Season 2 of Daredevil, which dropped last March. The character was portrayed by Jon Bernthal.

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Marvel is chugging full steam ahead with "The Punisher", a spinoff of the Netflix series, "Daredevil".

Hannibal veteran Steve Lightfoot is in charge of the new series and will be writing the first two episodes. Netflix decided to make a spinoff based on Castle's life a month after the sophomore season's release. Now, as the heroes of Hell's Kitchen are preparing to join forces for the Defenders miniseries event, casting on The Punisher is underway with Ben Barnes coming aboard. The Punisher's origin is way different in the Netflix series compared to the 2004 movie, so I'm not sure where Saint would fit in. The initial Marvel lineup includes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Defenders crossover series. In the film, he was a corrupt businessman himself as well as being the son of notorious crime lord, Howard Saint (John Travolta).

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