Even though the news broke about three weeks ago, Marvel and Netflix have now officially confirmed the casting of Game of Thrones star Finn Jones in the role of Danny Rand for their upcoming Iron Fist series. They also shared an intriguing pic ... but more on that in a bit.
The 13-episode series, which is listed as “coming soon,” centers on Daniel “Danny” Rand (Jones), who returns to New York City after being MIA for years: dude had actually gone to the mystical Chinese city of K’un L’un, where he learned to become a badass martial artist and became the wielder of a mystical force known as the Iron Fist. Much like fellow vigilante Daredevil (Charlie Cox) before him, Rand fights the good fight against the criminals running rampant in the Big Apple by using his mad kung-fu skills and his ability to summon the power of the Iron Fist.
Here’s what executive producer and showrunner Scott Buck said about the character and the casting of Finn Jones in the role of Danny Rand:
“Danny Rand is a very complicated character. He’s a billionaire New York Buddhist monk martial arts superhero who’s still trying to figure out what exactly that all means. Finn is able to play all these levels in such an honest, revelatory way that as soon as I saw him I knew he was our Danny.”
Executive producer and Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb added:
“Finn wonderfully blends confidence with vulnerability, making him the perfect choice as he struggles to find his place in the world. Now that we’ve found our Danny Rand, we’ve completed our principal cast for the upcoming Defenders on Netflix and we are thrilled to continue to show audiences unexplored corners of the Marvel Universe.”
Now, here’s the pic Marvel shared with the tagline: “Some secrets can’t be buried.”
As you can see, the name Joy Meachum appears on the telephone note. A week ago, a rumor emerged that Joy Meachum (along with her uncle Ward Meachum and Colleen Wing, as well as Shang-Chi) would be one of the main characters for the new Iron Fist series. I guess that’s as good as an official confirmation that she will indeed appear in the Marvel and Netflix series.
Long story short, in the Marvel comics, Joy Meachum is CEO of Rand Meachum INC., a company co-founded by Joy’s father, Harold Meachum, and Danny’s father, Wendell Rand. Believing Iron Fist to be responsible for her dad’s murder, Joy tries to get revenge and hires the Steel Serpent (also rumored to appear on the series) to assassinate him. Danny’s name is eventually cleared and Joyce makes peace with him, the two uniting in managing Rand Corporation and becoming somewhat *ahem* closer.
Fun Fact: The character of Jeryn Hogarth becomes the company’s lawyer and financial advisor. Jeryn Hogarth has already been introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones as Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss).
What do you think?