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Vincent D’Onofrio To Portray Marvel’s Kingpin in ‘Daredevil’, Throws ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ Continuity Into Upheaval

One of few actors whose work can truly be described as brilliant, Vincent D’Onofrio’s next project is Marvel and Netflix’s forthcoming Daredevil series, in which he will portray Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin. This marks the second time D’Onofrio will inhabit the role of a Marvel character, following a small role as Thor in 1987′s Adventures in Babysitting.

 

 

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“We’re incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ in such an integral role,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero.”

Kingpin was created by John Romita (the elder) and Stan Lee as a Spider-Man villain in the 1960s, the character became an indelible figure in Daredevil lore during Frank Miller’s seminal work with the character, where the rivalry between the two characters reached epic and intensely personal proportions.

 

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It’s hard to think of a performer more capable of taking on the role of Kingpin. D’Onofrio has a penchant from playing intensely cerebral characters, most notably the impossibly smart and unstoppable Detective Bobby Goren on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and his physicality makes him an imposing presence on screen as demonstrated by his work in The Cell. Brains and bulk are but two qualities of the Kingpin, but anyone who’s seen D’Onofrio’s astonishing episode of Homicide: Life On The Street knows audiences can expect a lot more dimensionality to the Kingpin than ever before.

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