UPDATE: Nov. 2 — Marvel has announced Rosario Dawson, Carrie-Anne Moss and Rachael Taylor will appear as Claire Temple, Jeri Hogarth and Trish Walker, respectively. Elden Henson, Scott Glenn and Eka Darville were also officially confirmed as cast members.
Original story: “Marvel’s The Defenders” will feature plenty of superheroes, but it isn’t just the leading characters who will be there. Netflix confirmed that some fan favorite supporting players will also be in the mini-series.
The official Twitter account for the Netflix drama confirmed Monday that both Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) from “Daredevil” and Misty Knight (Simone Missick) from “Luke Cage” will join the miniseries. Missick already told The Wrap in September to expect the detective in “Marvel’s The Defenders.” It’ll mark the second Marvel series for the Misty Knight actress, but Woll is joining her third. She was also announced as part of “The Punisher” cast earlier this year.
“The Defenders” follows the stars of all of Marvel’s Netflix shows so far. Daredevil/Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist/Danny Rand (Finn Jones) will lead the superhero team up. “A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City,” the official synopsis for the drama teases. “This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.”
Along with Misty and Karen, they’ll also be able to count on a few other friends as well, several of whom are “Daredevil” characters. The Punisher’s (Jon Berthal) appearance is heavily rumored, but it is not clear if there is any truth to the story. However, Matt’s mentor Stick’s (Scott Glenn) role is basically confirmed by the San Diego Comic Con teaser, seen above, that features his voice. Matt’s best buddy Foggy (Elden Henson) is also reportedly set to appear. According to Screen Geek, he confirmed his role in “The Defenders” at London Film & Comic Con in August.
Sigourney Weaver is also confirmed to play an unidentified villain in the series. The Golden Globe winner was announced at New York Comic Con earlier this month. “Marvel is honored to have an actress of her caliber and status join what is already our biggest show ever! She is by definition a class act,” Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb said in a statement.
One person who is surprisingly unconfirmed is Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). Though the nurse is slated to appear in March’s “Iron Fist,” meaning she’ll be in all of the Defenders’ individual shows, but no one has confirmed the character for the mini-series. However, there is still plenty of time to expand the cast. “The Defenders” has only just started filming.
Behind the camera will be several Netflix/Marvel veterans too. Showrunners Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie both worked on “Daredevil” while S.J. Clarkson, who will direct the first two episodes, worked on “Jessica Jones.”
All 8 episodes of “Marvel’s The Defenders” will hit Netflix in 2017.