Marvel’s Iron Fist casts Lord of the Rings star David Wenham

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Apr 12, 2016, 11:02 AM EDT

Marvel has announced that Lord of the Rings star David Wenham has joined the cast of Netflix's upcoming Iron Fist series, starring Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) in the role of Danny Rand/Iron Fist and Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones) as Colleen Wing.

If you guys will recall, Wenham played Boromir’s (Sean Bean) brother Faramir in director Peter Jackson’s film trilogy. The Australian actor also starred as Dilios in Zack Snyder’s 300 and its sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire. He recently starred in The CodeTop of the Lake and Banished and will also appear alongside Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

In Iron Fist, Wenham will play Harold Meachum, who's described as a ruthless corporate leader who was in a business partnership with Danny Rand’s folks at the time of their deaths. Meachum co-founded Rand-Meachum Inc. alongside Danny's father, Wendell Rand. He's also the father of Joy Meachum, a character rumored to be in the series.

In the pages of the Marvel comics, Meachum plays an important role in the fates of the Rands and is in part responsible for Danny going to train in the mystical city of K’un-L’un (where he becomes Iron Fist). We're told that what role Harold Meachum will play in Danny’s present (and the Marvel Cinematic Universe) will be revealed over the course of the Marvel series. 

Here's what Iron Fist showrunner and executive producer Scott Buck (Six Feet Under, Dexter) said about David Wenham’s casting on the upcoming Netflix superhero series:

“I’m very excited to have David as our Harold Meachum. David is capable of displaying raw, visceral strength as well as extremely keen intelligence. This will add up to a character of complex depth who will keep us off balance all season.”

Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb added:

“David brings both a vulnerability and a danger to his many diverse roles. This key quality creates a gravitas our series requires as Danny unravels the secrets behind Rand Enterprises.”

Here’s an official synopsis for the new series:

In “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” Daniel Rand returns to New York City after being missing for years. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

Are you excited about the casting of David Wenham in the role of Harold Meachum in Marvel’s Iron Fist?


(via Marvel)