Although we know The Defenders is top-priority for Marvel and Netflix at the moment, we also know that the showrunners for the solo shows are already hard at work prepping for their next seasons. Melissa Rosenberg, showrunner of Jessica Jones, has not only brought in another executive producer but has already opened the writers room as the second season of Jessica Jones is set to begin filming following The Defenders. And while we’re not sure whether or not showrunners Marco Ramirez and Douglas Petrie will return for Daredevil season three following their work on The Defenders, it’s hard to imagine that the writers room for that series isn’t close to opening as well. However, it appears that yet another series is already well into pre-production.
Auditions for The Punisher series have begun to circulate, indicating that casting is already well underway for the upcoming series. The show, which named Steve Lightfoot as showrunner, should enter production shortly after Jessica Jones if Netflix continues to stick to their current production schedule. (And it appears that they will.) With that said, although we’re probably some time away from any casting announcements, we do know that casting for David “Microchip” Lieberman is officially in progress.
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?
Frank: Tell me where he is.
The name they are using for casting is Dennis Landstrom, a play on David Lieberman. (They typically use the initials from the first and last name of the real character and come up with a fake name for the audition process.) And the above script is a rough transcript of the one the actors auditioning are using.
With Netflix’s mobile app having listed The Punisher for a 2017 release, it’s entirely possible that Castle will return to the streaming service much sooner than we’ve anticipated. As of right now, Jon Bernthal‘s Frank Castle is not confirmed to appear in The Defenders, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t show up, quite honestly. Be sure to stay tuned as we bring you the latest updates surrounding The Punisher!
(Note: The Punisher has not been confirmed for a 2017 release; it’s possible it was just an error on their end. For now, the release date remains unknown.)