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American Gods' Corbin Bernsen and actress Annette O'Toole join Marvel's The Punisher for season 2

The show centers on former Marine-turned-vigilante Frank Castle received an immediate season 2 order from Netflix and is currently in production.
UPDATED JAN 16, 2020
Corbin Bernsen (Source: Getty Images)
Corbin Bernsen (Source: Getty Images)

After the phenomenal response, both from critics and fans, garnered by Marvel's breakout series The Punisher, production on its second season has begun in full swing. 

The show centered on former Marine-turned-vigilante Frank Castle received an immediate season 2 order from Netflix. More recent update, however, holds a pleasant surprise for fans with reports confirming the latest addition of big names - including Corbin Bernsen (of American Gods fame) and Smallville actress Annette O'Toole - to the cast. 

O'Toole, who has been a series regular since the very beginning as Martha Kent, was also seen in Superman III and Nash Bridges. While 63-year-old Bernsen, in the recent times, has been in the news because of his portrayal of Vulcan on the Starz series, American Gods. 

Corbin Bernsen and Annette O'Toole (Source: Getty Images)

In Marvel and Netflix's The Punisher, however, the pair will bring to life the conniving couple Eliza Schultz and Anderson Schultz. As per reports, Eliza is "cut from the same manipulative cloth as her husband, Anderson" while Bernsen's character description portrays Anderson an "an extremely wealthy man who’s grown accustomed to getting his way".

Gushing about the latest cast additions to the Frank Castle show, Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, said: "We are delighted to have Annette and Corbin join the remarkable talent this season. Our audience will enjoy them in very unexpected but perfectly cast roles.”

While executive producer Steve Lightfoot added, "I’m very excited to have actors of this caliber and talent of Corbin and Annette joining us on Marvel’s The Punisher.”

Besides The Punisher newcomers O'Toole and Bernsen, series lead Jon Bernthal reprises his role in the second season along with returning and new members Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Jason R. Moore, Josh Stewart, Floriana Lima and Giorgia Whigham.          

If the first season as all about Castle avenging the death of his family, in the process getting seriously engulfed in a brewing political conspiracy, season 2 will further the character's purpose. With his role as the city's vigilante established, it is to be seen, if the Netflix show can match up with the action of its debut run. 

A release date for season 2 is yet to be announced, however, some details are available in the form of an official description:

"In 'Marvel’s The Punisher', former marine turned vigilante, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) aims to clean up New York City by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results."