Deadline’s sister site TVLine is reporting that British actor Ben Barnes has been cast in a role for Marvel Television’s upcoming Punisher series airing on Netflix, which they claim might be villain Bobby Saint.
Netflix’s latest Marvel spinoff, The Punisher, has cast English actor Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) in a series-regular role opposite Jon Bernthal’s titular vigilante, TVLine has learned exclusively. Character info is sketchy, but one rumor making the rounds has Barnes — who will next be seen in HBO’s big-budget Westworld — portraying antagonist Bobby Saint, the corrupt crime prodigy played in the 2004 film by James Carpinello.
Although, I’m not entirely sure they’d want to just remake the Thomas Jane Punisher story, when there are so many more interesting and newer ones to consider for a series like this. I’m not totally sold on the role being Bobby Saint, when we’ve been hearing and seeing a CIA/military angle for the solo series.
Barnes is best known for his role as Prince Caspian in the Narina films, but more recently will be see in the HBO series remake of Westworld.
This would indeed confirm previous auditioning reports that Marvel Television is looking to put the series into production very soon. Looks like we might actually see the series air sometime in 2017-2018 after all.