Actor Manny Jacinto Who Played Fritz in Top Gun: Maverick Has Reportedly Turned Down a Major Role in Daredevil: Born Again

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Production for Marvel Studios’ Daredevil: Born Again is finally set out to begin in 2023, with filming to commence in February. The rebooted series is ordered to have 18 episodes, thus quite understandable for the studio to take its time for preparation.

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Charlie Cox returns in Daredevil: Born Again

The casting for characters is not yet finalized, with the exception of titular roles such as Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). There have also been rumors that Jon Bernthal might reprise his role as Frank Castle from The Punisher series. While these names sound familiar to Daredevil fans, there is another newcomer actor who unfortunately declined a role in the series.

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Top Gun: Maverick’s Manny Jacinto Declined Marvel’s Role Offer In Daredevil: Born Again

Based on a scooper’s report via Daniel Richtman, Manny Jacinto declined a huge role in Marvel Studios’ Daredevil: Born Again. The statement says:

Not as big, but still interesting info I think – Manny Jacinto has passed on playing a major role in Daredevil: Born Again.”

There was never a mention of which role the actor turned down. Jacinto is also known for his role as Jason Mendoza in The Good Place. The Filipino-Chinese actor has been speculated to have been offered the role of Samuel Chung, also known as Blindspot.

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Manny Jacinto

This could be a plausible suggestion given Jacinto’s ethnicity, appearance, and age. The actor is four years younger than Cox, so it could still pass if the casting team is not so strict about it. Interestingly, other fans guess that Jacinto has been offered the role of Danny Rand.


Iron Fist’s original actor Finn Jones once expressed his interest in redeeming the character despite the public’s disapproval due to his mediocre martial arts performance.

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Possible Reason Why Manny Jacinto Dropped A Big-Time Role

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Manny Jacinto

The only possible hint why the Top Gun: Maverick star would turn down such a grand offer is due to a schedule conflict. Manny Jacinto has been cast in the upcoming Disney+ series, Star Wars: The Acolyte. The show is set to release in 2024, which means production will begin early next year. Jacinto would find it difficult to commit to two big projects within the same year.


The plot for Daredevil: Born Again is still kept under wraps. Now that the franchise is finally part of the MCU, it will branch out and connect with other Marvel superheroes and villains. Fans could only hope that the series would keep its gritty and dark themes.

Daredevil: Born Again is set to premiere in the spring of 2024.

Source: The Direct


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