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Netflix’s The Punisher Begins Casting with Ben Barnes

Excited about Netflix’s Punisher series? So are we! The show officially started casting Monday, as TVLine announced The Chronicles of Narnia actor Ben Barnes would be joining the show.

Who is Ben Barnes?

The most widely recognized role English actor Ben Barnes has had was that of Prince Caspian in both The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. But Barnes isn’t only known for those movies.

Ben Barnes

The actor played Dorian Gray in that novel’s latest film adaptation, took on the role of real life personage Sam Adams in History’s Sons of Liberty mini-series and starred in the largely ill-advised Seventh Son.

Though he may not have been on everyone’s radar, getting cast in a Marvel show is sure to change that. If you want to scope Barnes out before The Punisher comes to Netflix, make sure to check out HBO’s Westworld when it premieres in October. Barnes will play disreputable, rakish bachelor Logan.

Will Ben Barnes be The Punisher’s villain?

TVLine reports that Barnes will be joining the cast in a series regular role, but the information on his character right now is sketchy.

One of the rumors that’s going around is that Barnes’s character will be the antagonistic Bobby Saint, who gets murdered pretty early on in 2004’s The Punisher. In case you need a refresher, Bobby’s death is the entire reason that Frank Castle’s whole family gets killed and therefore why he becomes The Punisher.

If the rumor is true, that indicates that the Frank Castle we saw in Daredevil season two had not yet fully become The Punisher. In fact, Actor Jon Bernthal, who will reprise his role as Castle, said as much when talking about Daredevil.

“The Frank Castle you find in this story is not The Punisher. He’s reeling from the loss of his family,” Bernthal said. “He’s driven by rage and is on a singular mission to find these people who took his family from him and do it as brutally as possible.”

It stands to reason that The Punisher’s first season could be about Frank hunting down Bobby Saint, who presumably still played in a role in his family’s death, and getting his revenge.

Comicbookmovie.com notes that Saint, neither the father nor the son, were Marvel characters before the 2004 movie, so it’s unclear if Barnes will really have another role on The Punisher or if Frank Castle could have multiple villains to deal with, including one from the comics.

Whatever the case, we’re sure to know more by the time The Punisher reaches Netflix, possibly in November 2017.


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Kali O’Rourke

watches more television than anyone she's ever met. Luckily, this has so far served her well in her dream of becoming a television writer. In addition to showing off her knowledge of movie and TV trivia, she enjoys reading, listening to show tunes, and counting down to next Halloween.

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