Iron Fist, a Marvel show that at one point seemed to be moving so slowly some wondered if it might be in jeopardy, has finally cast its title superhero. According to EW, Finn Jones, who previously played Ser Loras Tyrell has been cast to play Daniel “Danny” Rand, a martial arts practitioner who, per Wikipedia “goes onto wield the mystical force “known as the Iron Fist, which allows him to summon and focus his chi.”
As we previously reported, Scott Buck will serve as showrunner on the series. Buck previously ran the final seasons of Dexter, so do with that information what you will. Keep in mind that before the great Jessica Jones, Melissa Rosenberg’s big claim to fame was writing the Twilight movies, and she hit Jones out of the park, so we should at least give Buck a chance to see what he wants to do with the character, although it would have been nice to cast an Asian-American in the role instead of the whitest dude imaginable (if your team is going to have a white martial artist, you’ve already got Daredevil). I’d be shocked if Jones didn’t have “Wonder” tattooed on his side.
It will be interesting to see if Jones gets introduced in Luke Cage since the two were a crimefighting duo in the comics when Cage operated under the name “Power Man”. Even though Luke Cage was already going forward, Jessica Jones operated as a backdoor pilot of sorts for the character and now he already has his fans before his series even begins. It will be interesting to see if Marvel attempts to go the same route with Iron Fist.
EW says that Netflix and Marvel had no comment, so we’re still awaiting official confirmation, but hopefully Jones will be a good fit for the role, and I’m curious to see the chemistry he’ll have with the other The Defenders leads, Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), and Mike Colter (Luke Cage).
It’s possible that Iron Fist could arrive this year, but I’d expect to see it in 2017.