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Casting roundup: Alice Eve kicking it on Iron Fist; Kurt Russell playing Santa

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Dec 5, 2017

Despite its killer source material, Netflix’s first season of Iron Fist may be the streaming service’s most tepidly received of all its collaborations with Marvel. But as production chatter ramps up for Season 2, it looks like bigger things may be in store — and it hinges on a key new casting addition.

According to Variety, Star Trek Into DarknessAlice Eve has been snagged to play a still-undisclosed role in the upcoming second season of Iron Fist. Fans who want more from the series, which ties into Marvel’s The Defenders (also on Netflix), already have been fantasizing about adding female supervillain Lady Gorgon to the mix, with hopes of giving Danny Rand (Finn Jones) an epic, season-spanning adversary.

Marvel isn’t saying anything specific about how the show will use Eve’s talent, but executive producer Jeph Loeb’s comments to Variety appear to dovetail solidly with the idea that she’s being brought on board to create a spark.

“We are very excited to have an actress of Alice’s stature join the cast of Marvel’s Iron Fist,” Loeb said. “Her exceptional talent brings an intrigue and danger to her character unlike anyone else.”

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While we’re on a Netflix kick — and since it’s Christmas — why not throw in some holiday-themed casting news, too? Kurt Russell (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Escape From New York), who’s spent a career demonstrating he’s game for just about anything, has signed on to play Santa Claus in a still-unnamed Christmas movie slated to air on the streaming service during the 2018 holiday season.

Russell’s been cast alongside Judah Lewis (Netflix’s The Babysitter) and Darby Camp (Big Little Lies) for a story that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “centers on two siblings (played by Lewis and Camp) who try to prove that Santa is real by catching him on camera.”

Things are scripted to take a turn for the worse (think: Christmas might be ruined!) before they get better, of course. But any time you’ve got Snake Plissken as your Santa, the chances are probably pretty sweet that Christmas is gonna escape from the threat unscathed.