Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 26, 2016.
Out of all the planned Marvel/Netflix series, Iron Fist seemed to be the problematic one out of the five shows. Even though we have known about the existence of this project for quite some time, news on the progress of Marvel’s Iron Fist has been extremely scarce while the other Defenders (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage) have already appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Things may be looking up though since it appears that Marvel may have finally found someone to play the titular hero.
A recent report from Entertainment Weekly claims that Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) will take on the role of Danny Rand aka The Immortal Iron Fist, in the fourth Marvel/Netflix collaboration. Neither Marvel or Netflix have yet to comment on the casting.
Here’s the official plot synopsis from Marvel: “Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand 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.”
Scott Buck (Six Feet Under and Dexter) will serve as the showrunner on Marvel’s Iron Fist. Aside from Jones, no one else has been announced to be in the cast. Carrie-Anne Moss’s Jeryn Hogarth from Jessica Jones may appear on the show due her character’s connection to Iron Fist in the comics but nothing has been confirmed yet. In addition to appearing in his own series, there’s a good chance that Jones Iron Fist could also appear briefly in Marvel’s Luke Cage as well since the two characters are close friends and partners in the comics.
Even though Jones psychically resembles Danny Rand’s character from the comics, this choice of casting could be seen as a disappointment since some fans have been urging Marvel to cast an Asian-American actor in the lead role.
While a set release date for Iron Fist has not been announced yet, the show likely won’t premiere on Netflix until 2017 at the earliest. Jessica Jones debuted on Netflix in November, Luke Cage is now in production, and Daredevil’s second season will be hitting Netflix on March 18, 2016.