Marvel has now confirmed that Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones has been cast in the title role of the upcoming Netflix series Iron Fist.
"Jones will play Daniel Rand, who returns to New York City after being missing for years," reads the show's official description. "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."
Showrunner Scott Buck describes the character as "very complicated."
"He’s a billionaire New York Buddhist monk martial arts superhero who’s still trying to figure out what exactly that all means,” said Buck. “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.”
Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb added to that, lauding Finn Jones as the "perfect choice" for the role.
“Finn wonderfully blends confidence with vulnerability, making him the perfect choice as he struggles to find his place in the world,” said Loeb. “Now that we’ve found our Danny Rand, we’ve completed our principal cast for the upcoming Defenders on Netflix and we are thrilled to continue to show audiences unexplored corners of the Marvel Universe.”
Loeb didn't disclose when the Iron Fist series would debut, or if Finn Jones would appear before then in the second seasons of Daredevil or Jessica Jones or the debut season of Luke Cage.
Along with the confirmation, Marvel released the above teaser image showing a message from a Joy Meachum asking "Who is Danny Rand?" In comic books, the Meachum and Rand families are business partners in Rand Meachum Inc. In Iron Fist's tragic childhood origin, Joy Meachum's father Howard turns on the Rand family while hiking in the mountains near K'un L'un. Howard killed Danny Rand's father Wendell, which Rand eventually avenged -- but led Joy Meachum to hate Iron Fist and be one of his recurring adversaries.