Trio paged for ‘Punisher’ roles


Dominic West, Doug Hutchison and Wayne Knight will strap on the bulletproof vests for Lionsgate and Marvel Studios’ “Punisher: War Zone,” the actioner based on the Marvel Comics character being directed by Lexi Alexander.

Ray Stevenson already is on board to portray the Marvel vigilante.

West is in negotiations to play the Punisher’s archenemy known as Jigsaw, a mob assassin whose face was torn to shreds and stitched back together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Hutchison has taken on the role of LBJ aka Looney Bin Jim, a chemically unbalanced lunatic who considers the world his own private killing field and goes on a maniacal rampage.

Knight is in negotiations to play Microchip, the Punisher’s armorer and confident — the man who supplies him with his stockpile of weapons and one of the few people who knows the Punisher’s true identity.

Gale Anne Hurd and Marvel’s Kevin Feige are producing, and Avi Arad is executive producing. Shooting is scheduled to begin in October in Montreal.

West starred on HBO’s “The Wire” and most recently was seen in “300.” He is repped by Endeavor and Tavistock Wood Management.

Hutchison recently wrapped production on the Lionsgate horror film “The Burrowers” as well as the indie feature “Moola.” He is repped by APA and 9 Yards/Roklin Management.

Knight, who is best known for playing Newman on NBC’s “Seinfeld,” next will be seen in the indie feature “Throwing Stars.” He is repped by APA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.