Ben Barnes Punisher

The Punisher: Ben Barnes Joins Netflix's Latest Marvel Spinoff as Series Regular

Frank Castle, meet thy enemy?

Netflix’s latest Marvel spinoff, The Punisher, has cast English actor Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) in a series-regular role opposite Jon Bernthal’s titular vigilante, TVLine has learned exclusively. Character info is sketchy, but one rumor making the rounds has Barnes — who will next be seen in HBO’s big-budget Westworld — portraying antagonist Bobby Saint, the corrupt crime prodigy played in the 2004 film by James Carpinello.

A Netflix rep declined to comment.

Barnes’ stateside TV credits also include playing Sam Adams in the 2015 History miniseries Sons of Liberty.

Viewers got their first look at Bernthal’s gun-toting antihero in Season 2 of Daredevil, which dropped last March. Netflix formally pulled the trigger on a Punisher-centric series one month later (although the project was unofficially greenlit back in January). Hannibal scribe Steve Lightfoot will serve as showrunner.

For those keeping track at home, The Punisher marks Netflix’s sixth Marvel series, following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, the upcoming Luke Cage, and the in-the-works Iron Fist and The Defenders.

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  1. Exe says:

    Prince Caspian is really his best credit?

  2. lrdslvrhnd says:

    I saw this, and my first thought was Ben Barnes was a character name… it just *sounds* like a Marvel character lol

  3. Rahajicho says:

    So is this likely slated for 2019, if Daredevil S3 and Jessica Jones S2 air in 2018?

  4. Amanda says:

    Love this casting!!! Ben is one of my favorite actors and can’t wait to see him with Jon and a part of Marvel. I too think he’s part of the mob family that killed Frank’s family. Can’t wait to see who else is casted and what other Marvel characters show up from the other shows.