DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN Set Photo Reveals That Ayelet Zurer Will Return As Vanessa Fisk After All

DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN Set Photo Reveals That Ayelet Zurer Will Return As Vanessa Fisk After All DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN Set Photo Reveals That Ayelet Zurer Will Return As Vanessa Fisk After All

It seems the decision to recast Vanessa Fisk for Daredevil: Born Again was reversed during the creative overhaul, as a new set photo reveals that Ayelet Zurer will reprise the role after all...

By MarkCassidy - Apr 07, 2024 02:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Daredevil

Just in case there were still any doubts that the major Daredevil: Born Again creative overhaul that was implemented during the strikes basically revamped the Disney+ revival as "season 4" of the Netflix show, a supporting character from the original series will now be played by the same actor after initially being recast.

We got word that Better Call Saul and Mr. Robot actress Sandrine Holt had been cast as Vanessa Fisk in Born Again last March, but a new photo from the set has now revealed that Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel) will return as the Kingpin's (Vincent D'Onofrio) beloved wife.

Zurer shared an article about her recasting shortly after the news broke, adding the caption: "Sad to not take part. But I will always be Vincent D'Onofrio’s biggest fan."

Check out the photo below.

Zurer's return follows the decision to bring back Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page) and Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), who were not going to be a part of the new series originally. Jon Bernthal will also reprise his role as Frank Castle/The Punisher, along with Wilson Bethel as the villainous Bullseye.

Michael Gandolfini, Margarita Levieva, Nikki M. James, Michael Gaston, Arty Froushan, Clark Johnson, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Hunter Doohan are also on board in supporting roles.

The Punisher writer Dario Scardapane is believed to have come aboard as the project's new showrunner, but that's yet to be made official.

Specific plot details are still under wraps, but we know that Born Again will see Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) face-off against his old nemesis the Kingpin (D'Onofrio), who we last saw rushing back to New York in the season finale of Echo. Fisk will likely be either running for mayor of NYC or already appointed to the position when the story gets underway.

The show was not expected to run for the originally announced 18 episodes (a recent rumor claimed that it would likely air 9, possibly 6, before taking a mid-season break), but the fact that the show has only wrapped the first part of its season suggests that it may be sticking to the initial episode count.

The upcoming Disney+ series doesn't have an official release date yet, but is still listed as being on Disney's updated 2024 schedule.

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LSHF - 4/7/2024, 2:13 PM
Excellent! Now I'm looking forward to this even more.

Evansly - 4/7/2024, 2:14 PM
Awesome! I remember there being a scheduling conflict before.

Glad they got her back
GhostDog - 4/7/2024, 2:14 PM
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asherman93 - 4/7/2024, 2:15 PM
This is some legit good news. I'm sure Miss Holt would've done a good job, but there was no reason for recasting in the first place.
EskimoJ - 4/7/2024, 2:38 PM
@asherman93 - Scheduling conflicts, at the time.
TheVisionary25 - 4/7/2024, 2:42 PM
@asherman93 - apparently it was scheduling conflicts

She was shooting a show back in Israel at the time.
Slotherin - 4/7/2024, 2:17 PM
Oh shell yeah
Polaris - 4/7/2024, 2:19 PM
Great news
GhostDog - 4/7/2024, 2:21 PM
This creative reboot was the best thing to happen
TheVisionary25 - 4/7/2024, 3:16 PM
@GhostDog - I am still curious about hearing the full details of how it was pre-overhaul but I’m not gonna complain about them bringing the Netflix stuff into canon more.
LSHF - 4/7/2024, 5:02 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Yes, I'm curious too, but happy they are going in their current direction.
GhostDog - 4/7/2024, 5:18 PM
@TheVisionary25 - we got some hints about it being more law focused but TOO LAW FOCUSED with little of Matt in the suit. Wonder if they will ever confirm, Marvel.
TheVisionary25 - 4/7/2024, 5:33 PM
@GhostDog - oh interesting

I do remember hearing that Matt would have given up being DD due to a tragedy while Fisk would left him being The Kingpin behind due to running for mayor but both their pasts would catch up with each other

Seems like maybe them re-embracing their identities would have taken too long and the superhero side of the story thus was lacking since it became more law @ political focused?.
Apophis71 - 4/7/2024, 5:55 PM
@TheVisionary25 - From all that was rumored whatever the reason he wasn't suited up with the focus of the first few episodes being the trial of the White Tiger stuff which still seems to be there just a rejig to have more action inc with DD from the start.

Maybe streamlined the trial stuff and added other stuff to do more story arcs but unclear beyond that.

Word was at least one of Foggy or Karen would have been killed off screen before as a reason he stopped being DD but may just have that onscreen instead now but we'll see. Odds are at some point it will leak out exactly how it was originaly before the revamp.
TheVisionary25 - 4/7/2024, 5:59 PM
@Apophis71 - hope so , just would be interesting to know

I have a bad feeling that Foggy might die given set pics we have seen but we’ll see

Not jumping the gun just yet.
Apophis71 - 4/7/2024, 6:32 PM
@TheVisionary25 - It would track with comic history if Foggy appears to be killed only for him to later return at some point (if memory serves he was in witness protection in the comics after being taken away in an ambulance) and has been badly wounded a few times so waiting to see and taking nothing at face value yet.
LSHF - 4/7/2024, 8:37 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Those are very good points.
LSHF - 4/7/2024, 2:25 PM
I wonder who's going to stitch up Matt?
TheVisionary25 - 4/7/2024, 2:43 PM
@LSHF - I know some had issues with how prevalent she got but I would like Claire back

I liked her and Rosario did great imo.

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LSHF - 4/7/2024, 5:07 PM
@TheVisionary25 - I wonder if some of those who had issue with her prevalence considered the potential issues with multiple nurses/doctors working on these "heroes" instead of one very caring person who lives nearby and is willing to make house calls.
Apophis71 - 4/7/2024, 6:47 PM
@LSHF - I never got why anyone had any issues with her character beyond she was a Doctor in the comics and seemed to have merged with Night Nurse.

It made a lot more sense in some ways having one person in on the whole hero stuff protecting identities and making house calls along with giving stronger connective tissue between the shows and in a lot of RL ways an ER nurse fits that kinda role better.

It could be cool, esp if not back yet, that they have her having gone off and trained/training as a Doctor now however.
LSHF - 4/7/2024, 7:08 PM
@Apophis71 - 100% agree.
Fares - 4/7/2024, 2:31 PM
SonOfAGif - 4/7/2024, 2:35 PM
I do wonder what role she will play beyond his wife. Remember in season 3 she was practically orchestrating certain events and Wilson was letting her do her thing. I wonder if she will basically be ordering the hits this time around while Fisk plays politician.
ObserverIO - 4/7/2024, 3:30 PM
@SonOfAGif - In the comics she killed Richard Fisk for his part in Kingpin's attempted assassination. Maybe she'll come after Echo in the show, for doing the same.
SonOfAGif - 4/7/2024, 8:11 PM
@ObserverIO - That would actually be an interesting angle. Maybe she doesn't tell Fisk directly but she has a grudge against Maya for attempting to kill her husband and maybe has a jealousy towards Fisk's love for Maya. And it could be that Vanessa paves the way for a confrontation between Maya and Daredevil again.
MadThanos - 4/7/2024, 2:38 PM
Wow! They're really showing commitment. 👹
HashTagSwagg - 4/7/2024, 2:44 PM
Cool, no Elektra is still a blow though.
comicfan100 - 4/7/2024, 2:45 PM
Now we just need Claire Temple back. Her exit on Luke Cage season 2 was very unceremonious.
TheVisionary25 - 4/7/2024, 2:50 PM

I’m sure Sandrine Holt would have done well in the role but Ayelet just is now synonymous to Vincent’s Fisk imo so I’m glad they are back together again , they had good chemistry imo.

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That relationship just brought out a different side of both characters in that it showed Fisk’s more loving & caring side while it brought out Vanessa’s ruthlessness as she became more entrenched in the underworld.

Can’t wait to see them both on screen again!!.
Fogs - 4/7/2024, 2:51 PM
Nice. Also, D'Onofrio is awesome.
ModHaterSLADE - 4/7/2024, 2:54 PM
This is shaping up nicely.
99OPTIMISTPRIME - 4/7/2024, 2:54 PM
Cool, but get it right the first time. Don't recast unnecessarily, and f*ck around with people's careers.
Order66 - 4/7/2024, 3:00 PM
Great news! Now that Netflix is canon everyone needs to be brought back to keep the canon going.
LSHF - 4/7/2024, 3:37 PM
@Order66 - Agree 1,000%!
JFerguson - 4/7/2024, 6:39 PM
@Order66 - agreed. The biggest ones missing imo are John Paesano back as composer and Joanne Whaley back as sister maggie
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