Ray Stevenson Cast as The Punisher!
by Alex Billington
July 22, 2007
For those of you who are followers of The Punisher films, or at least liked the first one, the news came as a shock in May when Thomas Jane announced he had left the sequel. After two months of silence, a scooper at Latino Review has pinned down who the replacement Frank Castle / Punisher will be - Ray Stevenson of "Rome" and King Arthur fame.
It was also confirmed back in June that Lexi Alexander was the new director for the sequel, meaning finally everything has come together to get this made, right at the eve of Comic-Con next week. However, whether or not it's still aiming to hit the big screen by the end of the summer, that's not confirmed. However, the film is supposed to start production in Montreal at some point this year, but nothing has been confirmed.
Ray Stevenson will be the third actor to play Frank Castle / The Punisher, the first two being Dolph Lundgren in the 1989 film and Thomas Jane in the 2004 film.
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
Oh my favorite "Rome" actor. Looking forward to it.
Lynne on Jul 25, 2007
Damn not what I had in mind hoped to say the guy from the first movie again ....
Stef Michelet on Jul 26, 2007
I recently said to my wife whilst watching ROME, that bloke who plays "Titus Pullo" is really good! One to watch out for i reckon. I really trilled that i was correct! Good luck with the movie!!
chris may on Jul 28, 2007
I said to my wife recently, Watch out for the bloke who plays "Titus" in Rome, he is going to be really good. Now i'm reading he's been cast as the next "Punisher" i'm really proud of myself! Good luck with it Ray!!
chris may on Jul 28, 2007
As an older woman, I am not one usually into “comic book” characters being brought to life on the big screen. I watched Mr. Stevenson in ROME and bought both seasons on dvd and will watch is over and over again. Mr. Stevenson made the series for me. I feel he has so much talent. I am glad to see that he will continue to be seen by millions but I am leary about this particular part in Punisher 2. I feel his talent will not be used to advantage in this. I had so hoped he would be picked up for more major parts, say, a James Bond would have been right up his alley. I do wish him all the very best and will continue to look for him wherever he goes and whatever he does.
Donna Jean Cruz on Sep 25, 2007
I do hope is voice is deep enough for the punisher.... T.Jane's was....
samantha on Jan 15, 2008
Ok people. I'm sorry to say this, but Thomas Jane was the best Frank Castle you could get. So this guy was in Rome. Whoopie! He also, hasn't been in a full blown motion picture that hasn't come out to movie theatres. Thomas Jane is a great Actor in my opinion. If any of you saw the movie The Mist you would know what I'm talking about. The Punisher is made to be Gritty, hardcore, and have a cold dead stare. Thomas Jane had all of it. I've read the comic books. I'm a huge fan. I know the background of the character. Please don't state things like " OH he was in Rome, glad to see him in a movie " when you don't even care about the Punisher or probably know anything about him. For a fan growing up reading the comics. Loving Frank as a hero. This is Extremely disapointing to me. Thomas in my opinion played it perfect. I'm sorry, but Marvel made a huge mistake! I'm very unhappy with what they have done. They got a new director and new actor. The director himself isn't all that great either. People, if your a fan of the Punisher like I am. You know this movie will be horrible. I know also, what your thinking. "OH that's just some stupid kid ranting and being dumb" I'm 26 years old, married, have a house, great job, college degree, and a 1-year old son. I'm a comic book kid who has grown up. This movie my friends. I want even waste my money on.
Lane on Feb 20, 2008
Sorry for the improper spelling. I meant to say. I won't even wast my money on.
Lane on Feb 20, 2008
He'll be far better than Tom. For one he looks more like the character.
Evil on Sep 1, 2008
Thomas Jane kicks ass dude..lol it sucks that he quit i dont think no one can be a better frank castle then him..just like there will never be a better joker then heath ledger..i wonder how dc will pull that off? what do u guys think?
Juan on Nov 16, 2008
OMG like I totally agree with juan it sucks t j dropped out of p 2. I have been dyin 2 c it then I heard no t j and I was so bummed I didn't want to even rent it. I finally did and it is entertaining, but I kind of viewed it as a totally separate one apart from the 2004 movie which I love majorly because of Thomas jane
Judy0247 on May 2, 2009
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