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Could Josh Hartnett Be Daredevil?
David Slade tweets without fear

18 June 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: David Slade's Twitter

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This is the merest shred of a suggestion, based on a very short exchange that's open to various interpretations... But ever since David Slade became attached to direct the new Daredevil, a certain name has regularly cropped up as a focus of internet speculation, and eagle-eyed followers of the twittersphere may just have seen Slade's first confirmation that he'd like Josh Hartnett to be his Matt Murdock.

The suggestion stems from a brief exchange where a follower says she hopes Slade gets to Daredevil soon, and suggests, not entirely tangentially, that she'd love to see Hartnett given a role in the Marvel universe. To which Slade replies, "You and me both."

NOW, seriously: salt, pinches of. That could simply be Slade agreeing that it'd be nice if Josh scored a cool job in something Marvel-y, especially since he was beaten to Thor/The Avengers' Loki by Tom Hiddleston. Slade could even just be agreeing that he hopes he gets to Daredevil soon, and not be talking about Hartnett at all.

Given Slade and Hartnett's previous relationship though - Hartnett starred in Slade's 30 Days Of Night - you could also read that as confirmation that, as many have surmised, Hartnett is indeed on Slade's wishlist to fill the red tights and wield the billy club.

Just a point of interest at this stage then, but certainly one to watch. What we do know is that the most recent draft of the screenplay is by David James Kelly, and that the plan is to adapt Frank Miller's Born Again, which should give us The Kingpin creatively dismantling Murdock's life and supervillain Nuke laying waste to New York's Hell's Kitchen.

The only other name officially linked to the film at this point is producer Peter Chernin (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), and Regency is the production company. We'll bring you more news as we get it. 

UPDATE: After a few sites picked up this story, Slade tweeted, "Yep, nope, we are not at the casting stage, so neither Josh Hartnett nor anyone else is being discussed for Daredevil. That was just some wishful thinking. I had the pleasure of working with Josh on 30 Days: an excellent, underrated actor and a wonderful human being," He added that the new Daredevil will not be in 3D.

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Your Comments

You need someone scrawny, gawky and fair....
..someone you least expect to be a lawful vigilante.....benedict cumberbatch or the like...Hartnett is too macho... More

Posted by GALLYMOO at 19:12 on 21 June 2012 | Report This Post

Jason Statham for DareDevil
Jason Statham for DareDevil.No question whatsoever. If in doubt, check out Transporter series. More

Posted by colinnaraine at 13:17 on 20 June 2012 | Report This Post

Born Again is the greatest superhero story ever
by far. More

Posted by BatSpider at 18:49 on 19 June 2012 | Report This Post

OH GOD NO! Batman you really need a proper Actor to deal with the how can I say more grown up issues involved when it comes to a more adult character like DareDevil. I think he'd have been a good choice to have played Green Lantern with Reynolds as The Flash. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:18 on 19 June 2012 | Report This Post

It is a bit 'left field' but after seeing Blade II I kind of thought Luke Goss would make a good DD ... I'll get my coat More

Posted by cjmcc5150 at 18:24 on 18 June 2012 | Report This Post

think he'd be good as Daredevil (though somebody somewhere will complain about his hair colour). well hair colour can be changed !! good choice if it happens - i remember all the Superman rumours with Josh though - that obviously came to nothing. More

Posted by buffster28 at 16:18 on 18 June 2012 | Report This Post

I like Hartnett, but it's a good thing he wasn't Loki. I also think he'd be good as Daredevil (though somebody somewhere will complain about his hair colour). Though they can get rid of the Nuke bit, it's silly. More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 14:49 on 18 June 2012 | Report This Post

I think Hartnett's quite a good choice actually, although I wouldn't have thought of him myself. More

Posted by Osric at 11:20 on 18 June 2012 | Report This Post

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