It’s going to be a Game of Thrones reunion on Marvel’s Iron Fist. Finn Jones, who plays Loras Tyrell on the HBO fantasy series, has already been cast as Danny Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist, and he’ll now be joined by Nymeria Sand herself, Jessica Henwick. She’ll be taking on the role of the series’ female lead, Colleen Wing, a martial arts expert in New York who runs her own dojo and will play an important role in Rand’s return to the city.
EW reported the casting news, which comes just a couple of weeks after Marvel confirmed Jones as Rand. Here’s what the comics company had to say about the lead character’s journey:
“Jones will play Daniel Rand, who 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.”
We haven’t heard any official confirmation from Marvel just yet as far as Henwick is concerned, but you can rest assured that when we do, we’ll report it right here.
As for Colleen Wing, her character first appeared in Marvel Premiere #19 in late 1974 as a creation of Doug Moench and Larry Hama. She’s of Japanese descent and her father is a professor of Asian history and culture at Columbia University; Henwick herself is of Singaporean ethnicity. Though she possesses no superhuman abilities, she is a master of martial arts combat and swordsmanship. Her comic book character eventually learns to harness chi in a manner that allows her to increase her strength, accelerate her healing, and increase her ability to survive harsh conditions. I don’t think we’ll be seeing these powers on display at the outset as Wing is intended to be an ally for Iron Fist in his fight against the criminal element of their city, a nod to her early days in the Marvel comic books. More interesting for comic book fans is how Colleen Wing and Misty Knight (Simone Missick) will cross paths in Marvel’s Netflix universe.
For more on Iron Fist and Marvel’s other Netflix series, take a look at our recent coverage:
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