Marvel aims to keep fans on their toes this week with a volley of casting news for two distinct projects. Deadline reports that actress Gemma Chan (upcoming Crazy Rich Asians) is staking her claim as Kree geneticist and spy Minn-Erva in the Anna Boden/Ryan Fleck-directed adaptation of Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson for the 90s-set origin tale of an air force pilot whose DNA fuses with alien tech following a near-fatal explosion.
Marvel’s TV branch rolled out its chosen three for the latest casting of Marvel’s The Punisher which hails the return of actor Jon Bernthal following a winning appearance in season two of Daredevil and a roaring first season of the new show itself. Per Marvel Television:
Josh Stewart has been cast as “John Pilgrim,” a man whose calm exterior belies a ruthless interior. Despite having left behind a life of violence, circumstances will force him to use his old skills and bring him into Frank Castle’s world.
Floriana Lima will play the role of “Krista Dumont,” a smart, compassionate, and driven psychotherapist for military veterans.
Giorgia Whigham has been locked to play “Amy Bendix,” a street-smart grifter with a mysterious past.
“Josh, Floriana and Giorgia are all remarkable talents and we can’t wait for the audience to see what we have in store for them in the second season of Marvel’s The Punisher,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television.
“We are incredibly excited to have Josh, Floriana and Giorgia joining the cast of Marvel’s The Punisher and seeing them bring their talents to the next chapter in the Frank Castle story,” added Steve Lightfoot, Showrunner and Executive Producer.