Daredevil Casts Elektra For Season 2

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Matt Murdock might have only dipped his toes into the world of costumed heroes and villains in the first season of Daredevil on Netflix, but he’s going to be doing a running cannonball in Season 2. Not only will the Punisher be bringing his unique brand of justice to Hell’s Kitchen, Elektra is going to be making her presence felt as well — and Marvel has cast someone in the role of Matt’s sometime friend, sometime foe, sometime love interest.

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Marvel.com brought the news that Elodie Yung has been cast as Elektra and will feature prominently in Season 2. The 34-year-old French actress has appeared in a number of Hollywood films over the last five years, most notably playing Jinx in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb said Yung will “embody both Elektra’s impressive and deadly physicality, as well as her psychological complexity,” which is a pretty good capsule summation of her complex comic book counterpart.

And it does sound like the Netflix series will draw heavily from the comics, as the Marvel announcement describes Elektra as “a mysterious woman from Matt Murdock’s past whose dangerous and exotic ways may be more than he can handle.” That could be read several different ways, but we’ll assume that means her prowess as a fighter, where her martial arts skills are a match for Daredevil’s in many ways. She also was one of Matt’s college girlfriends until her father (the Greek ambassador to the United States) was killed by terrorists, causing her to quit school and become an assassin under the tutelage of the ninja clan known as the Hand.

Her connections to things we’ve already seen on Daredevil could include a history with Stick, Matt’s teacher, and the red-garbed ninja that Daredevil defeated in Season 1, presumed by many fans to be a member of the Hand. That means Yung’s Elektra is likely to complicate our hero’s life in Season 2, but anyone with a familiarity with the Man Without Fear already figured that would be the case.

Daredevil is expected back on Netflix with new episodes in early 2016.

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