DEADLINE – Veteran camera operator Patrick O’Brien, who has worked in the business for the past 25 years, is making his feature film directing debut with the dramatic thriller Stripped with Charlie Cox (Daredevil, The Theory of Everything) and Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect) attached to star. The film will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam of di Bonaventura Pictures and O’Brien in partnership with Vancouver based Lighthouse Pictures.
Written by Matthew O’Brien, the story follows Will Hickey (Cox), a married professional who becomes increasingly obsessed with a high-priced escort leading him down a dark path of deception and murder. Snow plays Will’s wife, Penny.
The project is slated to begin production in Vancouver this fall. O’Brien’s credits are vast and include TV series House of Lies, The Knick and Nip/Tuck as well as numerous features including Fantastic Four, Think Like a Man (and its sequel), Ride Along and second unit on Iron Man 3.
WME Global is handling worldwide distribution rights.
O’Brien is repped by talent agent Gil Harari; Cox is repped by WME and United Agents in the UK; Snow is also repped by WME as well as Principal Entertainment, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is repped by CAA.
COLLIDER – After they’ve each tried to pave their own way as heroes, Daredevil, aka Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist (Finn Jones), finally crossed paths and had to work together in Marvel’s The Defenders, in order to save New York City. Having been burdened with their own personal challenges and a desire to keep their loved ones safe, they reluctantly realized that they might actually be stronger fighting evil together.
During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Charlie Cox talked about what it’s meant to him to be a part of the Marvel universe, especially when all of his friends were already playing superheroes, looking at the other three heroes through the lens of Matt Murdock, how tricky it was to shoot big fight scenes together, how much he enjoyed the experience of working with Sigourney Weaver, his favorite fight scene, what he’d still like to see from Daredevil, and the incredible opportunity and responsibility of playing a character that so many people look up to.
Collider: What has it meant to you to be a part of the Marvel universe, playing Daredevil? Do you still have pinch me moments?
CHARLIE COX: You know, I really do. Part of the reason for that is, when I was in my 20s and I was an actor in London, I’d come out to Los Angeles and try to get work. Some of my dear friends, who were all trying to look for jobs, ended up being superheroes. I was mates with Andrew Garfield, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, and a ton of these guys who all ended up becoming these superheroes. When I hit 30, I thought, “Well, that ship has sailed, and I won’t get that opportunity.” And so, it was a wonderful surprise to learn that there was a character who they were interested in me for.
Did getting to be a part of The Defenders and seeing the other actors bringing their characters to life change your perspective on your character or on your place in the larger Marvel world?
COX: You know what? Only in so far as I would find myself wondering what Matt would think of these people. Would he admire them? Would he respect them? What would his opinion be of them, when he meets them for the first time? And then, maybe to some degree, would he learn anything from them? Would there be something that he would take away from working with them and getting to know them? But that was really done for me, in the writing of the show. What’s interesting about the four shows is that tonally, they’re all very different. It’s fun to find a way for all those four tones to come together in one show.
WARNING SPOILERS. Do not read the following interview if you haven’t watched ‘The Defenders’.
The day is finally here, the first season of ‘The Defenders’ is now available on Netflix! Oh it feels great to see Charlie back on our screens as Matt Murdock/Daredevil and once again he was brillant so I hope you’ll enjoy the series as much as I did. In the meantime, I have added HD screencaptures from the first episode “The H Word”. If you haven’t watched the episode yet, be careful as it (obviously) contains spoilers.
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NYTIMES – Maybe you know them as Iron Fist and Daredevil. But now Finn Jones and Charlie Cox, who star as these Marvel superheroes on the Netflix series “Iron Fist” and “Daredevil,” have joined forces with Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”) and Krysten Ritter (“Jessica Jones”) for a much-awaited miniseries hybrid.
“The Defenders,” which finds this Fab Four uniting to fight a fearsome conspiracy mounted against New York City, is now available on Netflix .
Jones continues as Danny Rand, co-CEO of Rand Enterprises who, now a Buddhist monk and martial arts master, has the ability to call upon the mystical power of the Iron Fist as his alter ego. The first season of “Iron First” was released earlier this year on Netflix. Cox is Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer whose remaining senses are dramatically enhanced and who, for two seasons of his Netflix series, has wrestled with his lawless dark side, the vigilante Daredevil. Both series are continuing.
But this week Jones and Cox joined forces to talk about “The Defenders” and being part of this eight-episode joint venture.
COX: “I’m not sure this has been done before, where you’ve got four individual series, four characters who have their own shows, teaming up for a miniseries. It’s a process we had known about for a long time, so it felt like a celebration. We were ready for it and excited to see how it would turn out.”
JONES: “When we started to play off each other it really felt natural, because all the prep work had been in place for a number of years. All of us had a background in having to lead one of these shows by ourself, so there was a level of support. We were like soldiers in the trenches, which was cool.”
The two actors were asked if a grounding in the four “solo” series is a prerequisite for viewers to sign on for “The Defenders.”
On August 16, Charlie was in New York City promoting ‘The Defenders’. He was seen at the SiriusXM Studios to talk on “The Morning Mash Up”. High quality pictures have been added to the gallery, thanks again to my friend Emily from Marvelous Margot.
Public Appearances > 2017 > Visits “The Morning Mash Up” At SiriusXM Studios
MCU EXCHANGE – Filming for Luke Cage and Jessica Jones Season 2 may have been underway for a couple of months now but not much is known about the inner workings of Daredevil Season 3 and Iron Fist Season 2 apart from that they’re actually happening. As soon as Daredevil Season 2 ended, Netflix quickly renewed the show for a third season and announced it ASAP with a cool teaser. Apart from that and a very general quote from Charlie Cox last April, we don’t have specific details to go on. Well, that’s about to change now as we can definitely report that the much-awaited third season of Daredevil will begin filming in October of this year, specifically during the month’s later weeks, according to our source close to the production. Just in time for Halloween.
As we mentioned above, the only thing we knew about ‘Ol Hornhead’s 4th appearance in the MCU aside from Season 3 being greenlit was Charlie’s previous comments about the production schedule back in April when he was being interviewed on a UK radio show: “I do that later in the year. We’ll go back and do that.”
Now that we finally have a production month in mind, we have a better idea on how the Marvel Netflix timetable could look like in the next several months. It normally takes one Marvel Netflix season at least 9 months to produce from start date to post-production to its release (6 months for filming. 3 for post-production and marketing). So if Daredevil Season 3 begins in October, we can probably expect them to finish production around July of next year. Now, because the sophomore seasons of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are already halfway done and will likely take precedence in the release schedule, we wouldn’t count on seeing Daredevil Season 3 as soon as that 9-month production period ends. Shooting Luke Cage Season 1 finished almost at the same time as the Daredevil Season 2 but we didn’t see the hero of Harlem debut until August of last year. So the 2018 Marvel Netflix release schedule we see is this: Jessica Jones sometime in the spring, Luke Cage in the summer, and Daredevil in the fall. So pretty much like how the current 2017 schedule looks like. Iron Fist is said to start production in December with an estimated September end date. We wouldn’t have any problem with Netflix shoving that in the winter for our consumption. One Defenders show for every quarter fam!
INDEPENDENT – Before Daredevil, Charlie Cox was known for many projects. Stardust, Boadwalk Empire, and The Theory of Everything were all solid roles that gained the actor attention, but there was nothing particularly career defining.
Now, almost three years later, Cox has almost become a household name, taking top billing on The Defenders — the upcoming superhero mash-up — above Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, and sci-fi legend Sigourney Weaver.
Sitting down with The Independent mid-July after a day of roundtables and interviews at a London hotel, the 34-year-old spoke candidly about fame, interacting with fans, and the luxury of being able to choose which projects to pursue.
Coming into The Defenders, did you feel like the de facto leader of the group?
I did until I read the script. Someone made a passing comment when we were shooting Daredevil 2 — before Luke Cage and Iron Fist — saying how ‘Matt Murdock’s the Captain America of that group’. But then, when I read the scripts, and rightly so, it was very clear that was not the dynamic they were setting up. These were four people with equally strong opinions who are forced together against their will to work together. That was the most interesting idea. Whether one person emerges as a leader from that group is yet to be seen. It was more interesting that it was an ensemble, and it was about each of them recognising what the others bring to the table and the group.
From an outsiders perspective, you can imagine four leading actors coming together being a battle of egos. Was that a concern beforehand?
Yeah. I always feel that way about any project. If you have ‘stars’ involved — film stars, movie stars, TV stars — you’re always concerned with what that will do to the dynamic of the project. Maybe this doesn’t change, but I don’t feel like a star, I just happen to lead a TV show. Everyone was just up for having a good time. It felt like no-one was there to prove anything. When the show started filming, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones were already out. We had had our successes and enjoyed those. I didn’t feel like any of us were there to prove ourselves, it felt like a celebration. It comes with a bit of a pressure, but it was a lovely group of people and I honestly really enjoyed it.
Do you ever wonder what it would take to feel like a film star?