Game of Thrones actor has been cast as Marvel and Netflix’s Iron Fist and will lead the upcoming series.
Finn Jones, who plays Ser Loras Tyrell on the hit HBO show, recently wrapped work on the fantasy series’ sixth season and will now jump into the shared Marvel universe as Danny Rand aka Iron Fist.
Whilst we haven’t really seen much of Jones in Game of Thrones, his role is more ancillary than leading, Marvel is always on the money when it comes to casting. They knocked it out of the park with Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter and Luke Cage. The really important aspect of the casting will be the chemistry between Jones’ Rand and Colter’s Luke Cage. The two characters are the best of friends in the comic books and Marvel will no doubt present that contrasting friendship in their eventual Defenders team-up series.
Marvel has set Scott Buck as the showrunner. Buck has served as both a producer and writer on what some consider three of the best shows ever: Rome, Six Feet Under and Dexter (let’s forget about that last season). This is a great coup for Marvel who is consistently hitting it out of the park with their Marvel properties. First Drew Goddard (The Martian) and Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus) delivered the best of the bunch with Daredevil. Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter) produced a brave and important Jessica Jones. And Cheo Hodari Coker (Ray Donovan, Southland) is currently wrapping up Luke Cage starring Mike Colter.
Buck is yet another stellar and respected name boarding the Marvel universe and is already versed in the dark and harsh tone the Netflix series seem to be imbued with. Trust me, if you’ve seen some of Dexter or Six Feet Under, you know this man has difficult drama down.
Marvel also released the first official synopsis for the series: “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.”
Marvel certainly isn’t pulling any punches with Danny Rand are they? The synopsis, whilst vague, is very close to the comic book iteration of Iron Fist. ‘Returning to New York City’ probably references Rand’s journey and training in Tibet. And the last sentence speaks for itself.
Marvel’s Iron Fist does not have a release date yet.