Marvel's Daredevil Casts Its Foggy Nelson

Marvel's upcoming Netflix series Marvel's Daredevil has cast Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Matt Murdock's law partner and best friend.

Henson, despite being fairly young, is a veteran actor, with experience in the Mighty Ducks and The Hunger Games franchises, among many other credits.

Here's how Marvel describes the character:

In a town full of crime and corruption, Foggy's friendship to the community and passion for improving it have made him a friend to its many residents from all walks of life.

How significant a role, exactly, Nelson will play in the series is as yet unknown. Despite a general move in comics right now toward near-exclusively dealing with superheroes at the expense of supporting casts (something that is evident in films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Man of Steel as well), Nelson has played a significant role in the Mark Waid-written issues of Daredevil, having been diagnosed with cancer in early 2013.

Casting Foggy this early on -- at this point, only Daredevil and The Kingpin have been cast earlier -- may suggest that Matt Murdock's civilian life will play a significant role in the show. If so, it may not be unreasonable to expect Karen Page to be cast as a potential love interest, rather than Elektra, who was played in the 2003 movie by Jennifer Garner (and got her own spinoff).

Nelson was previously portrayed by Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau in the 2003 film starring Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice's Ben Affleck as Daredevil.

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Charlie Cox will play Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Vincent D'Onofrio will play "The Kingpin," Wilson Fisk, in a series that will launch in 2015 on Netflix. Principal photography is expected to begin soon.