‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’ to Star ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Finn Jones

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“Game of Thrones” actor Finn Jones will play the titular role in Marvel and Netflix’s upcoming superhero series “Iron Fist,” Variety has confirmed.

He’ll star as Daniel “Danny” Rand, a handsome, sophisticated and independent loner who returns to New York City after being missing for years to fight against the criminal element corrupting the city with his incredible kung-fu mastery and the ability to summon the power of the fiery Iron Fist. The series is the fourth collaboration between Marvel and Netflix, following “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and the upcoming “Luke Cage.” All four characters are known as Marvel’s “street-level” heroes, who — following the launch of their solo series — will team up to form “The Defenders” in a crossover miniseries event on the streaming service.

Update, 3/17: Marvel and Netflix have officially confirmed Jones’ casting.

“Danny Rand is a very complicated character. He’s a billionaire New York Buddhist monk martial arts superhero who’s still trying to figure out what exactly that all means,” said executive producer and showrunner Scott 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.”

“Finn wonderfully blends confidence with vulnerability, making him the perfect choice as he struggles to find his place in the world,” said exec producer and head of Marvel TV Jeph 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.”

A former executive producer on “Dexter,” Buck was named as showrunner for “Iron Fist” back in December.

“Scott came in with a take on Iron Fist that quite simply knocked us off our feet,” said Marvel’s head of TV, Jeph Loeb, who will also serve as an exec producer on the series with Buck. “We always look for the most creative minds in the field to help us bring our heroes to life, and with Scott we’ve found someone that can deliver yet another great series in the ongoing story of ‘The Defenders.’”

Buck added, “I’ve always been drawn to writing complex, intriguing characters, and that’s what most excites me about the opportunity to bring Danny Rand and ‘Iron Fist’ to life with Marvel on Netflix.”

Jones is best known for playing Ser Loras Tyrell, brother to Natalie Dormer’s Margaery, on HBO’s hit fantasy series. He’s repped by APA, NB Management and Curtis Brown in the U.K.

Rumors of Jones’ casting were first reported by That Hashtag Show, and later confirmed by EW.

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  1. Eric P. says:

    When they cast Shang-chi as a caucasian,… then give me a call. Until then,…STFU. I’m black,… and yet I didn’t want to see a black Johnny Storm anymore that I want to see an asian Aragorn from Lord of the Rings (oh my god,… Lord of the Rings is racist!,…. No, it’s based in EUROPEAN folklore. Where the hell is the common sense?!) It’s a simple thing: RESPECT THE SOURCE MATERIAL. You want to put a black character in a movie? Love it! (Black Panther) You want to pass the mantle of a previously white character onto a person of color? Sure,… no problem with it. (The new Capt. America, formerly The Falcon,… also the new Ms. Marvel) But to expect me to wake up one day and all of a sudden Steve Rogers is black,… and you want me to accept that?! No,… I want to be respected,… not ‘pandered’ to. Give me a black character,…. NOT a black ‘version’ of a white character.

  2. Andy G says:

    The casting is only racist if a role meant for a minority was given to a white person. If you choose not to be a revisionist to promote diversity… that’s not racist.

  3. Dumbsjws says:

    I’m crying I wasn’t pandered too

  4. Dumbsjws says:

    As a progressive, I don’t really care about the performances of the nominees. I care about their race. No, I’m obsessed about their race. This is transformed America. There’s no place for merit

  5. ARGM says:

    Enough with all this bs ‘racism in casting’ for comic book adaptions. IT’S A BLOODY COMIC BOOK! Fake characters created by someone. If they want to adapt a donkey to play Iron Fist….who cares! Enough w/ all the whining and crying about racism every time someone gets cast who doesn’t look EXACTLY like the comic book character. Oh they cast a black guy as Heimdal. Oh they cast a white guy as Iron Fist.

    Tell you what, if somewhere down the road they cast Leonado DiCaprio to play Martin Luthor King in a new biopic……THEN you can come clamoring about racism.

    but if it’s just a bloody comic book movie, shut the hell up.

  6. therealeverton says:

    Look the “white guy as best at everything” trope is a stereotype I know, a racist one often. But you need to read Iron Fist to know he really isn’t that stereotype. You need to trust Marvel Studios here AND the likely inclusion of ShangChi (the actual best martial artist / Kung fu person in Marvel, thee whole mythology and that he’s Luke Cage’s partner and the Defenders are a Blind White man, a woman a black man and this white guy. Look at Elektra, look at the diversity of the whole thing.

    There’s complaining being done about something that is not yet done and that, historically, hasn’t had the problem (unlike Mandarin and Ancient One to an extent) some on here seem to think he does, because they don’t know the character at all,

    • sorry, this reply was to you……Bruh you’re not helping. Sure I understand what you’re saying but given the paucity of brown peoples in comic books they need to go out of their way to change this crap. a lot of these things were written in the 40’s and 50’s and were used to perpetuate the image of white superiority. drastic steps need to be taken to erase that nonsense. The Flash needs to be Samoan, Batman needs to be Puerto Rican, Superman needs to be mongolian, etc. Change needs to be made just for the dsake of change in this case. INCLUSION!! Now go hush and sit down my brotha.

      • therealeverton says:

        No, you’re not understanding the point here at ll. I’ve written about this numerous times. YES there’s a historical balance that needs to be redressed. BUT Marvel Studios are doing a good job with that and it DOES NOT WORK FOR EVERY CHARACTER. Iron Fist is a special case and his colour is relevant to who he his, his story and his character. His best friend and partner, senior partner is Luke Cage, black. He’s on a team with a black man , a woman and a bind man AND the best Kung-Fu master in the world IS Chinese. Danny Rand can stay exactly as he is and one of the myriad other white people are are white just because it was easy back then can change at some point. Nut the MCU, for all the LEAD characters is very well balanced with sex and race.

        This is one of the battles that doesn’t need to be fought. Look elsewhere.

  7. Jacques Strappe says:

    I remember reading all the hand wringing commentary dismissing the selection of Charlie Cox and Kristyn Ritter as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, respectively before the series were even shot. Marvel seems to have a knack for picking the right actors for both their film and television iterations so really not concerned about Iron Fist, either. Why not wait to criticize when the series is released on Netflix. Marvel seems light years ahead in promoting diversity on screen, too.

    • Bruh you’re not helping. Sure I understand what you’re saying but given the paucity of brown peoples in comic books they need to go out of their way to change this crap. a lot of these things were written in the 40’s and 50’s and were used to perpetuate the image of white superiority. drastic steps need to be taken to erase that nonsense. The Flash needs to be Samoan, Batman needs to be Puerto Rican, Superman needs to be mongolian, etc. Change needs to be made just for the dsake of change in this case. INCLUSION!! Now go hush and sit down my brotha.

  8. So, daniel rand, son of wendell rand (a white blond man with blue eyes) and heather duncan (a white blond woman with blue eyes) should be asian?
    If they said “he could be asian looking, his backstory could change” I’d get it.
    But he should?
    For christ sake, he could be anything, even a bunny.

  9. Quwykxz says:

    I’m so tired of all this race “controversy” bullshit. “He should be white”, “He should be Asian”, “He should be purple plaid with with orange polka dots and pink diagonal stripes and green paisley swirls”…WHO GIVES A FLYING FART?!?!? The ONLY question anyone should be asking is, “Is he a good actor who can be a cool character and make an awesome show?” THIS is the only question about the actor and character that matters. PERIOD.

    • Vannero says:

      I’m black and have followed Heroes for Hire since I was little. Yes, Danny Rand should be white. There has never been any other iteration of him (ala Nick Fury) being other than that. There are several Asian superheroes that they can use and cast an Asian. Or they can come up with an altogether new one and add to the series.

      I’m not one to pull punches when it comes to calling out BS — like I did with the Gods of Egypt flick (and that one was total BS). But Iron Fist IS a white dude.

    • Xorn says:

      Tell that to all the race cultist tumblrinas

  10. Christopher says:

    It doesn’t matter that the comic book character is classically white, Nick Fury was white in the comics until the Ultimate comics, why can’t a TV show change the ethnicity too? Honestly for all the characters that can be changed, Iron Fist would have made the most sense. I don’t really care that they kept the character white, I just think it was a huge opportunity to go in a different direction and cast an Asian American in a good role. It could have been a big step for Marvel/Hollywood, but instead they decided to stick with a white guy.

    • Taka says:

      Worst justification you could possibly give for a character who’s source material was actually accurate. You obviously do care that the character is white, thus why you are saying they should have changed the character to an Asian American. I am an Asian American myself, I do not feel that they should change DANIEL RAND into an Asian character. Making an issue out of something that isn’t, is undoubtedly moronic. Iron Fist is canonically accurate, as far as the casting goes. If there is so much outrage over this, those who are complaining are doing nothing productive. Marvel has unlimited opportunities to create new and diverse heroes, which means if the demand for a hero of a certain race is wanted, they can easily create that.

      • There is absolutely a demand for more Asian superheroes…and not just from Asian fans. There’s a desire for more female characters, Black characters, Latino characters, etc. That does not mean that what is presented will match what the fanbase desires. If it did, many comics wouldn’t perpetually look like an episode of Friends. To be fair, DC/ Marvel have been a wee bit better recently when it comes to inclusion, but they’re not even close to where they need to be

    • Xorn says:

      Yeah it’s awfull that marvel is trying to respect their characters, moron.

  11. TotinosBoy says:

    After seeing what he did to Renly, there name Iron Fist takes on a whole new meaning.

  12. herrumph says:

    It’s irrelevant if he were white first. The reason he was white to begin with is a racist one. Typical white supremacist nonsense that whites reign supreme in other cultures as well. White people conquered an Asian culture. You see superhero’s race being changed left and right but yet still not for Asians. It because they still want to brainwash people into thinking only whites can be heroes.

    • Xorn says:

      So the white character who was in an iconic partnership with a black man and also had a black girlfriend while fighting alongside another Asian woman who was not his sidekick and was taught by Asians and showed nothing but respect to Asian culture is considered racist? Pathetic.

      • Xorn says:

        Go back to tumblr Idiot.

      • Yes, he does not need to be yelling racial pejoratives to be racist. White people need to learn that the majority of racism nowadays is not in the form of Black men being lynched from trees, Klan rallies, and calling Asians “China Men.” Racism, for the most part, is a system that gives White people advantages at the expense of other demographics and places value on White lives over all else. Thus, when some White one percenter strolls into an ancient Asian land of kung-fu masters and surpasses all of them (in a relatively brief time at that), it reinforces this narrative of White superiority. It informs people’s, White, Asian, and otherwise, opinion on the relative worth, strengths, faults, etc. of White people versus everyone else; it tells them that White people are the best…whether they are a Scottish freedom fighter, an Egyptian warrior, the last samurai, or Jesus Christ.

  13. Really thought they would do the right thing and cast an Asian dude. This is pathetic. I refuse to watch.

    • shaftsword says:

      He’s always been white, research is a wonderful thing

      • Yeah I kno. I used to read the comics. Thought it was some corny ass chuck norris/dances with wolves BS then too. 90% of all comic characters are white. You guys have a gigantic inferiority complex that you need to create super versions of yourself in fiction to deal with it. Sad but true.

  14. Goodie goodie gumdrops another white kung fu master. I hoped and hoped we wouldn’t have to see any damn asian doing kung fu. we all know anything browns can do whites can do better!!!

  15. Jpe says:

    I know it’s been years since I’ve read an Iron Fist comic but I seem to recall that the character was Caucasian and not Asian. Unless that has changed in the years since, the casting is fine and hopefully appropriate.

  16. auntzelda says:

    He’s a fine actor, but this casting is a mistake. Marvel had a great opportunity here to cast an Asian American in the role, especially in response to fan outcry in that direction, and instead they went with another white lead. So we’ve got another “white man is the best at kung fu” story. Joy. Did they learn nothing from the fan backlash about Dr. Strange? Perfect opportunity to cast an actor of color, and they missed it.

    • Silas says:

      >Did they learn nothing from the fan backlash about Dr. Strange?
      What’s to learn? They made a choice, and some people didn’t like it. So what?

    • nycmits says:

      I agree with you auntzelda! My friend Adam Lim could be the Iron Fist, check him out.

    • Green man says:

      Instead of commenting on nothing you know nothing about, you should take this time in getting your facts straight because it sounds like you haven’t read about him before. Hang this L on your head for your stupidity.

    • therealeverton says:

      Trust the story. We’ll see how it plays out and what Dany ends up being AND who with. The Defenders have two white guys, Daredevil & Iron Fist, one of whom is blind. a Woman, Jessica Jones, and a Black Man, They’re pretty diverse. There’s room for Shang Chi – The true master of Kung Fu. He’s the character from the comics and until I see the writing not reflect a decent 21st century tale, I’ll not knock this casting.

      Ditto the Dr. Strange casting. They have made a fuss about something we have not yet seen. The Ancient One as wrinkly old Sage Asian man was out of date and insulting. Let’s see how Swinton Pans out and if The Ancient one wil be all kinds of people. Baron Mordo is Black etc.

      I get it when these things are whitewashed, but this hasn’t been and they’ve gone out of their way, from Iron Man 3, to Dr. strange to eliminate outdated stereotypes. Let’s see if they’ve made am mistake, before we cry foul on this one.

    • Except there is an error with your line of thinking, Danny Rand has always been a white, blonde, blue eyed male. He has never been Asian, and his parentage is extra-dimensional.

  17. therealeverton says:

    Awesome casting.

  18. Silas says:

    (The above was written as a reply to a comment endorsing Adam Lim for Iron Fist, which mods have deleted.)

  19. Silas says:

    Save him for the Shang-Chi series.

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