‘Iron Fist’ Adds ‘Banshee’s Tom Pelphrey and ‘90210’s Jessica Stroup as the Meachums

     April 18, 2016

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Banshee fans, rejoice! L has had a fantastic supporting role in Cinemax’s underrated series, which comes to a close this season, as reformed neo-Nazi Kurt Bunker, now serving as a sheriff’s deputy. Whenever a favorite series comes to a close, I worry for my favorite actors, so news of Pelphrey being cast in Marvel’s next Netflix series Iron First is welcomed indeed.

Variety is reporting that Pelphrey will play Ward Meachum, while 90210’s Jessica Stroup will play his sister, Joy. The siblings (Lord of the Ring‘s David Wenham will play their father, Harold) have helped build Rand Enterprises up into a conglomerate, but their futures there will become in jeopardy once the missing Danny Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist (played by Game of ThronesFinn Jones) returns to claim his birthright. (Danny is returning, mind you, from getting his powers and becoming a mystical martial arts master with enhanced physical abilities, so add all of that into the mix as well).


iron-fist-comic-cover-imageThere’s no word yet on when Iron Fist will arrive on Netflix or when Danny will be introduced into the Marvel world there — so far, the series have been cagey about their connections (with Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple as the only through-line, until Carrie Ann Moss’ Jeri Hogarth appeared towards the end of Daredevil). In the comics, Danny is very close friends with Luke Cage (played by Mike Colter in the Netflix series), so there’s some light potential for him to appear there.

Iron Fist has an insane origin story, and is one of the more out-there comics, so it will be interesting to see how the grounded world of these Defenders series will choose to play Danny’s story. What we do know is that Dexter’s Scott Buck will be acting a showrunner, and that so far the casting is on point.

We’ll let you know more as we know it — in the meantime, Luke Cage is scheduled to drop September 30th, and you can check out all of our latest Netflix-Marvel collaboration articles below:


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