It looks like Daredevil may have found its female lead, and if this news turns out to be official, it's a great one. True Blood star Deborah Ann Woll has reportedly been cast in the role of Karen Page for Netflix's highly anticipated Daredevil series. In the comics, Karen Page is the main love interest to Matt Murdock, Daredevil's alter ego.
EW says their sources say Deborah Ann Woll will play the female lead in Daredevil, and that Karen Page will be "actively portrayed on screen," noting that she was only briefly glimpsed in the Daredevil movie. Here's a look at the character from the comics:
Fans of True Blood are likely well familiar with Deborah Ann Woll, who plays baby vampire Jessica in the HBO drama. Will Woll be dying her hair blonde for this part? Or is this Daredevil going to feature a redheaded Karen Page? That's just one more thing to speculate about the series. Regardless of hair color, Woll's a great addition to the cast and one more reason to be really excited about Netflix's new series.
Another reason is the involvement of Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight, who took over the Marvel project when Drew Goddard stepped down as showrunner and moved over Sony's Sinister Six. In addition to Spartacus, DeKnight is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel alum, which leaves us optimistic that he'll make good use of his female characters in this Daredevil series.
In True Blood, Woll has demonstrated strength and vulnerability, playing Jessica Hamby, a newly made vampire who hasn't entirely abandoned her good morals and character in exchange for immortality and an appetite for blood. Assuming this casting is locked down, it's going to be really exciting to see what she brings to the role of Karen Page.
Woll joins previously cast Charlie Cox, who's playing Daredevil, as well as Vincent D'Onofrio (playing Wilson Fisk), Rosario Dawson, and Elden Henson, who's set to play Murdock's close friend, Foggy Nelson.
This casting news comes as True Blood is amidst its final season. Daredevil is expected to arrive on Netflix sometime in 2015. In the meantime, those unfamiliar with Woll can check her out in one of Jessica's True Blood vlogs after the jump...