Marvel Confirms Finn Jones as Iron Fist, Releases First Promo Image from the Series

Thursday, 17 March 2016 - 10:42AM
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Thursday, 17 March 2016 - 10:42AM
Marvel Confirms Finn Jones as Iron Fist, Releases First Promo Image from the Series
Word had gotten out that Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones was cast to play Danny Rand aka Iron Fist in the upcoming Netflix Defenders series, but now Marvel has put the full strength of their support behind him, going so far as to call him "revelatory."

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"Danny Rand is a very complicated character," said showrunner Scott Buck in a press release. "He's a billionaire New York Buddhist monk martial arts superhero who's still trying to figure out what exactly that all means. Finn is able to play all these levels in such an honest, revelatory way that as soon as I saw him I knew he was our Danny."
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"Finn wonderfully blends confidence with vulnerability, making him the perfect choice [for Danny] as he struggles to find his place in the world," said Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb.
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I don't think fans are going to have too much trouble believing that Jones is a great actor, as the controversy surrounding his casting had nothing to do with his abilities. Rather, many fans were hoping that he would be played by an Asian-American actor, because the character quite explicitly appropriates Asian culture, but that would have reinforced the stereotype that Asian characters are always martial artists, so I would argue that they should have just adapted a different Defender to begin with (Danny Rand was only a "Defender for a Day," not part of any official Defenders team). But none of that is Jones' fault, so we can take Marvel's word for it.

Marvel also released a teaser image, which doesn't have Iron Fist in it, but may be very revealing for the plot of the series:



The memo is to Joy Meachum, a character who has not yet been confirmed but will apparently appear on the show. In the comics, she was the daughter of the founder of Rand Meachum Inc., which was co-founded by Danny's father. When her father was murdered, she found Iron Fist next to him, which led her to assume that Iron Fist had killed her father. She then spent years trying to avenge her father's death and defeat Iron Fist, so it's possible that Meachum will be an antagonist of the series.

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Marvel and Netflix are pleased to announce that Finn Jones ("Game of Thrones") will star in "Marvel's Iron Fist," the newest series coming soon only to Netflix. 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.
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