Rumor: Marvel/Netflix Punisher Series Casting a Significant Comic Book Character

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 - 10:57AM
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 - 10:57AM
Rumor: Marvel/Netflix Punisher Series Casting a Significant Comic Book Character
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The Punisher series doesn't even have an official release date yet, but if the rumor mill is to be believed, casting might already be underway. According to a new report, audition information is circulating for Punisher character David Lieberman, aka Microchip.


The report comes from MCU Exchange, who claims that the series is still far away from any casting announcements, but has started casting for Microchip under the fake name Dennis Landstrom. They don't cite any specific sources, so we should take this rumor with a grain of salt, but if Marvel truly does plan on setting a release date for sometime next year, then they would probably be thinking about casting right about now.
Microchip, or Micro, is a longtime ally of the Punisher who is tech-savvy and skilled at hacking and weapons-building. In the comics, he eventually betrays Frank and becomes a villain, so if they are casting for this character, it could be a Foggy-type character, or it could be a future Big Bad. Judging from MCU Exchange's purported "rough" transcript of the audition slides, the character will at least start off as a trusty sidekick.

Opening quote
Frank: You're nervous
Micro: What, no I'm not, I'm not nervous, why would you even…
Frank: You keep checking your watch, but you're not really checking the time, it's a nervous tick. You might be good with computers and all, but you'd be shit with poker.
Micro: You're early, I'm just a little surprised is all, I didn't expect to find you here already.
Frank: Why were you here if you didn't expect me to be here then?
Micro: Me? I'm always early. I make a point of it, I make sure to be where I have to be before I have to be there. (beat) So, you got the message.
Frank: I'm here.
Micro: Yeah well, You aren't easy to find.
Frank: I'm not supposed to be found at all.
Micro: Desperate times call for desperate measures don't they?
Frank: You got one minute, then I'm walking out the door and you won't find me, I guarantee you.
Micro: Okay, okay I understand. Look, first of all, I wouldn't, I wouldn't contact you if I didn't think that you could help.
Frank: Contacting me puts us both in danger. You could have been followed.
Micro: (Laughs) I wasn't, trust me.
Frank: I don't trust you, I don't even know you. I should put a bullet in your head right here and now.
Micro: Okay, look, that would not be in your best interest.
Frank: Why wouldn't it be?
Micro: Your just lucky that I'm a little smarter, and a little faster than them.
Frank: I'll take my chances.
Micro: Look we are both in a world of trouble here. We can keep sleeping with one eye open the rest of our lives, or we can make a stand and stop them before they find us.
Frank: I don't need you for that
Micro: What? We can help each other, we're in the same boat, and yes you do need me
Frank: I don't need anybody
Micro: You need answers, though, don't you? I'm right, aren't I? You have a lot of unanswered questions.
Frank: I don't know what you're talking about
Micro: I know that we're after the same people, or I should say the same people are after us, which means that we are after the same people.
Frank: How do you know that?
Micro: It's like you said, I'm good at computers, and the like. Look, friend, I know your story, and I know we can make things right again.
Frank: What do you want?
Micro: I want your help. I had a wife and kids, a family, and those bastards, they just took it away from me, and you know what that's like, and I want my life back. As far as I can figure this is the only way to go about it, but I can't do it alone. I know my limits, and I need your help.
Frank: I don't know you, I don't trust you. We're out of time.
Micro: Does the name Nicholas Simon mean anything to you? (beat) He's in town. I know where he is, and I know how to get to him.
Frank: Where is he?
Micro: Partners?
Frank: Tell me where he is.
Closing quote

Luke Cage starts streaming on September 30, while Iron Fist and The Defenders are set for 2017. Jessica Jones season 2, Daredevil season 3, and Punisher have yet to set official release dates.
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