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OTRC: Charlie Cox to play Daredevil in Netflix series: 5 facts about actor (Photo)

Charlie Cox appears at the premiere of HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' season 3 in New York on Sept. 5, 2012. He will play Daredevil in a 2015 Netflix series. / The cover of Marvel's 'Daredevil' comic book No. 17. (Marion Curtis / Startraksphoto.com Paolo Rivera / Marvel.com)

Marvel has cast its new Daredevil -- British actor Charlie Cox, best known for playing Owen Slater in "Boardwalk Empire," will take on the role of the popular blind superhero in a new Netflix series.

The show will be made up of 13 episodes and is set to premiere on the on-demand subscription video website in 2015. Ben Affleck last played Daredevil, whose alter ego is Matt Murdock and who is dubbed "The Man Without Fear," in a 2003 movie.

"Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York City," read a character description on Marvel.com on Wednesday, May 28, the day Cox's casting was confirmed.

"Daredevil" series marks Disney-owned Marvel Television's first original show for Netflix, which has gained popularity thanks to its hit shows "Orange Is The New Black" and "House of Cards."

Cox, 31, is also known for roles in movies such as "Stardust," with Claire Danes, "The Merchant of Venice," with Al Pacino, and "Stone of Destiny," with "House of Cards" alum Kate Mara.

Check out five facts about Charlie Cox.

1. "Boardwalk Empire" co-star Steve Buscemi is one of his idols.

Cox revealed this in a 2011 interview with the New York Times.

2. He once said, "Fame terrifies me."

In an 2008 interview with the UK newspaper The Independent, Cox said: "I am incredibly self-deprecating. It stems from self-doubt. With every job I watch, I can't find peace with what I've done. It's never good enough in my mind. I will never be happy if I'm in that mindset, unless I get a review that starts: 'once in a generation' ... Fame terrifies me. I can say that with honesty. You're terrified that, when people know the real you, they won't like you."

3. Al Pacino called him on his birthday and offered him words of wisdom ... and fashion advice.

Cox starred with Al Pacino in the 2004 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice. In the same interview with The Independent, Cox said Pacino told him: "You're not an actor until you've got a leather jacket."

"I took it very seriously and asked my parents to buy me this brown leather jacket for my 21st birthday," Cox added. "Then Al rang me on the day to wish me happy birthday while I was in the middle of having a small party. Answering the phone to him was one of the most bizarre things that has ever happened to me."

4. He's worked with Heath Ledger.

Cox and Ledger starred in the 2005 movie "Casanova." In an video interview with photo agency WireImage, Cox called his co-star a "kind, lovely guy." Ledger died in 2008.

5. No social media for this actor ..

In a 2009 interview posted on the website of creative arts agency Graphic Alliance, Cox said he has never used Twitter or Facebook, adding, "and secretly feel very proud that I haven't been sucked in yet. Although, if I was to 'follow' anyone, it would be Oprah Winfrey."

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