The fans were completely down to have Jason Statham play Bullseye in the second season of Marvel's Daredevil, but that same anticipation and hype might be what ended up stopping Marvel from going forward with the contract to bring him aboard.
When it comes to casting, rumors can be awesome, but they can also create hype that messes up negotiations. That seems like the case in this instance, and I'm seriously bummed.
This is what Bloody Disgusting had to say about it:
"[Statham] was legitimately in heavy negotiations for the role and the leak killed it. Perhaps his agent saw the positive uproar and instantly upped the actor’s asking fee? Perhaps the studio spotted the same excited reaction and preemptively killed the deal out of fear of Statham’s management going for more money? Who knows. The bottom line is that yesterday the Crank star was at the top of the list and deep in negotiations and today Marvel has moved on to other pastures."
The irony here is insane. It's basic supply and demand. People were too excited to have Statham join the cast of the hit Netflix show, and that excitement raised Statham and his agent's bargaining power. Now... no Statham. Ugh.
This is eerily similar to what happened with Joaquin Phoenix and Doctor Strange. Except, in that case, Collider actually straight up announced that it had been finalized. Then, of course, it collapsed.
Oh well, though. I still think the cast is already so strong that they didn't need a boost from Statham. I'm sure they'll get somebody who can pull off Bullseye regardless. But the moral of the story here, I suppose, is that fan hype can at times be a double-edged sword.
If you, for some reason, haven't caught up with [Daredevil (Netflix)](tag:1168702) get on that. It's dark for Marvel, but done so well. Easily worth the watch!