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Statham Is Out of ‘Daredevil’: Why Leaks Can Sometimes Do Damage

You may not know this, but there is a very real danger to reporting factual information early when it comes to Hollywood productions.  I’m not just talking about risking legal action from a studio’s law department or simply looking silly when the casting office zigs instead of zags and goes with someone else.  We all like to be the first on the scene (or at least among them) whenever possible, but there is such a thing as showing up too early.  It’s at this point in the game where your reporting becomes less about being “first” and more about being an actual hindrance to the production.  Case in point: yesterday’s leak over on Latino Review about Jason Statham being targeted to play Bullseye in the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil.

Long story short?  He was legitimately in heavy negotiations for the role and the leak killed it.  Perhaps his agent saw the positive uproar and instantly upped the actor’s asking fee?  Perhaps the studio spotted the same excited reaction and preemptively killed the deal out of fear of Statham’s management going for more money?  Who knows.  The bottom line is that yesterday the Crank star was at the top of the list and deep in negotiations and today Marvel has moved on to other pastures.

It’s not the first time that an early leak has killed a potential deal for Marvel.  The very same thing happened last year when Joaquin Phoenix entered negotiations to play the titular role in next year’s Doctor Strange.  The internet was ablaze with reactions of all kinds when the information leaked and the constant attention ultimately soured the deal.  Marvel and Phoenix ultimately parted ways and a few months later Benedict Cumberbatch scored the role.

The moral of the story is that sometimes we, as film writers, sometimes just need to sit on scoops until they are more fully formed.  And in this instance, things moved too fast.  Fear not, however!  As I stated earlier today, Daredevil begins production on its second season at the end of next month.  Casting will continue to move quickly and I have no doubt that Marvel has already begun serious talks with other potential Bullseyes.  Once again, we should expect casting for our favorite antagonistic Marvel assassin within the next month, along with other popular characters entering the fray as well.  Until then?  I guess we just all need to cool off.

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