It takes a village to produce a movie, let alone a TV series. We may always see the main actors as the frontrunners of the production, as they are the ones who act in front of the camera, but there's still so much going on that fans rarely notice unless they pay attention. Actors who have to go through intense scenes or stunts need a double to do their job. Marvel's Daredevil features an action-packed narrative given that the hero, Matt Murdock, is a blind lawyer by day who fights crime as a masked vigilante by night. Charlie Cox, who stars in the lead role, has a stuntman who reveals that Marvel Studios refused to consider him for the upcoming Disney+ reboot of the show.
Christopher Brewster, who doubled for Cox in the original Netflix Daredevil series, responded to a fan on Twitter praising his work while asking about his participation in Daredevil: Born Again. His response was surprising and sad. “Thanks, Kristina and the WSD crew! I love you all. Unfortunately, Marvel not only hired somebody else; they wouldn’t even let me interview for the job.” Brewster said.
Fans have expressed their dismay upon learning that Brewster wasn’t called to return. “I was so shocked & saddened to read this.😔 It makes no sense to me & I don’t know what else to say, other than to wish you all the very best & hope you have some other exciting projects lined up. Your work on @Daredevil will always live on in the hearts of the WSD fandom.” user @debbiesmith890 wrote.
“Oh. This is so not cool. I’m so sorry. You helped make Daredevil what it was! You were Daredevil. Still are, as far as I’m concerned!!!” @MoreDaredevil expressed. See more reactions below:
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One possible reason for Marvel's refusal to hire Brewster is the MCU series' high budget and willingness to be more progressive in terms of CGI and camera work. As the Daredevil actor teased, his hero's action scenes will be more elevated. “We'll hopefully be able to use a tiny bit more CGI in the action sequences,” Cox said. “Just to emphasize his gymnastic abilities that have been impossible to do. It really should be sparingly.”
Aside from Brewster, Daredevil co-stars Elden Henson and Deborah Ann Woll have openly stated that Marvel has not gotten in touch with them to reprise their roles in Born Again, despite them playing integral parts in Matt Murdock's story. “I was saying this to [Elden Henson] yesterday...I don't know what's going to happen with the other characters in the new show, but I know for a fact that Elden and Deborah were the heartbeats of what we did before and the show is a success because of them.” Cox justified.
All three seasons of the previous Daredevil series are available to stream on Disney+, while Daredevil: Born Again is expected to air in early 2024.