TV Line is reporting that Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) has joined the upcoming Marvel Netflix spin-off, The Punisher, in a series regular role. While his role remains a secret, TV Line is hearing that Barnes might possibly be playing “the corrupt crime prodigy”, Bobby Saint.
Bobby Saint was played by James Carpinello in the 2004 Punisher film where Frank Castle was played by Thomas Jane. A spin-off for Punisher was officially ordered back in April, about a month after Jon Bernthal made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the second season of Daredevil, starring Charlie Cox as the Man Without Fear. The series will has Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal, Casualty) as executive producer and show-runner.
The Punisher is now the fifth Netflix that Marvel is working on, with Luke Cage Season 1 set to come out at the end of the month, Iron Fist sometime in 2017 along with The Defenders featuring all the four Netflix heroes united. Both Daredevil and Jessica Jones have been renewed for new seasons that will come out sometime after The Defenders, so most likely in 2018.
“After the murder of his family, Frank Castle is both haunted and hunted. In the criminal underworld, he’ll become known as The Punisher.”
The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded.https://t.co/nGKCa2taEV
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 29, 2016
Source: TV Line