David Slade Wants Josh Hartnett to Lead His 'Daredevil' Adaptation?
We haven't heard any substantial updates on the forthcoming reboot of Daredevil in over a year. Last March, director David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight: Eclipse and Hard Candy) was attached to the project, and a few months later "Fringe" writer and producer Brad Caleb Kane was hired to write the script. Since then development has been stagnant, but now we have a very small thread to hold onto for the future of the Marvel reboot. On Twitter, a fan expressed hope for Slade to get working on Daredevil soon, but it's his mention of a name for the title hero role and Slade's positive reaction that is turning some heads now.
A fan (noticed by Empire) said, "I hope [David Slade] gets back to the Daredevil stuff soon, and I hope, maybe, Josh Hartnett could finally get a Marvel role." Slade merely responded, "You and me both." Now, that's far from a confirmation that Slade wants Hartnett to star, as he could merely just be eager to get to work on Daredevil, but this opens up the discussion as to whether or not Josh Hartnett, who hasn't really been at the top of his game lately, would be right for the role as blind superhero Matt Murdock and his acrobatic crime fighting skills.
Hartnett worked with Slade on 30 Days of Night, and for those keeping score, he also starred in Pearl Harbor with Ben Affleck, who starred in the awful adaptation years back. It's certainly an interesting thought, but you would think Marvel would want a more bankable name for the role. Of course, Chris Hemsworth wasn't well known before taking the lead role in Thor and he was surrounded by bigger names to help sell the film. That could easily happen this time as Hartnett is probably more well known than Hemsworth, but lately he hasn't been in high profile projects and his glory days were nearly 10 years ago.
Is there anyone else who could fill the shoes better than Hartnett? Though he's been faltering at the box office lately, Taylor Kitsch wouldn't be a bad choice, though he might be just a little too young. However, I'm going to venture outside of the normal leading man casting pool and say that "Dexter" star Michael C. Hall would be perfect for Daredevil. He has a subtle haunted nature about him and would be perfect for a character like Matt Murdock. There's a chance Hall might be slightly too old for the role, but Robert Downey Jr. seems to manage just fine as Iron Man. Any other suggestions?