Details of who will join Jon Bernthal on the Netflix Punisher series have emerged with Frank Castle set to go head-to-head with one of his most iconic foes.
Bernthal was the breakout star of Daredevil season 2 as Castle, the former special ops soldier turned one-man vigilante against organised crime.
The fourth actor to play the part of the Punisher, following on from Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson, the 40-year-old is now set to reprise the role in his very own series.
He’ll be joined by a few characters more familiar to fans of the comic book this time round, including Ebon Moss-Bachrach, who will be playing the part of Micro – Castle’s right-hand-man and weapons expert who essentially serves as his version of Q from James Bond.
Amber Rose Revah has also bee cast as “a highly-ratined sophisticated Homeland Security agent who is vexed by the Punisher” in a role that has “love interest” written all over it.
Arguably the biggest new addition comes with Ben Barnes, who has been cast as Billy Russo.
Marvel have described the character as “Frank Castle’s best friend from his days in the Special Forces” who now operates a private military corporation called Anvil.
Any Punisher fans out there will now the significance of that name – it’s the same as Castle’s familiar comic book foe.
An mob gangster known for his good looks in the comics, Russo is transformed into Jigsaw after a rather unfortunate encounter with several hundred shards of glass.
Previously portrayed by Dominic West in the underrated Punisher: War Zone, the character represents arguably Punisher’s biggest foe.
And with Russo heading up a private military contractor – they rarely get a good write-up on TV – fans can expect sinister, and potentially very gruesome, goings-on ahead.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.