Today, Marvel Studios announced the latest addition to the cast of their upcoming "Daredevil". After choosing British actor Charlie Cox to play the blind superhero title character and Vincent D'Onofrio as his arch nemesis, the Kingpin, they have revealed a potential femme fatale character to be portrayed by Rosario Dawson.
Per the press release:
"Rosario Dawson will play a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city".
Dawson is a huge fan of comic books as she has appeared in "Josie & the Pussycats" as well as provided the voice of Artemis is the "Wonder Woman" animated film. She is also well aware of the work of Frank Miller (author of many of Daredevil's finest stories) as she has played the role of Gail in 2005's "Sin City" and it's upcoming sequel, "A Dame to Kill For" (based on the original work of, and co-directed by, Miller). Dawson has even penned her own comic called "Occult Crimes Taskforce".
Marvel's head of television, Jeph Loeb (author of "Daredevil: Yellow") had this to say about the choice:
“Rosario Dawson is one the most charismatic, talented and powerful actresses in Hollywood, so she was always at the top of our list for ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’. Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.”
Based on the lore from the comics, there are a few possible female characters that Dawson could be but only two that could be considered "absolutely critical". Karen Page, secretary at Murdock's law firm and eventual love interest is one but highly unlikely as she comes along later in the continuity and is kind of helpless. This doesn't seem like the kind of role Dawson would want to play based on her other work and love of the genre. If the show is to follow the early career of Murdock/Daredevil, there is a part better suited to Dawson's talents, that of DD's first love and assassin Elektra Natchios. Her loyalty to Miller would come into play here as well since Elektra is a character he created in his initial run writing the book. Perhaps, she would even pick his brain for pointers.
Whatever part she plays, it won't be until 2015 for the world to see how it works out when "Marvel's Daredevil" premiers its 13 episode debut season on Netflix.