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Park, Turman Marvel at ‘Fist’

Martial arts-themed pic based on comicbook

In the first project to stem from the joint venture between Artisan Entertainment and Marvel Comics, thesp Ray Park — best known to audiences as Darth Maul in “Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace” — is to play the title role in the feature adaptation of the Marvel title “Iron Fist.” Screenwriter John Turman (“Buck Rogers,” “The Incredible Hulk)” will pen the screenplay.

The martial arts-themed “Iron Fist” is the story of Danny Rand, a child raised in a secret temple in the Far East. As an adult, he returns to the United States to seek revenge on his parents’ murderer. The character has the power to channel his “chi,” or energy, into his fist and strike with the force of iron.

The Artisan-Marvel joint venture was inked last year to produce and distribute character-based programming across multimedia outlets. Artisan and Marvel are also developing comicbook character the Mighty Thor as a television property.

In addition to his role in “Phantom Menace,” Park played Toad in “The X-Men” and can be seen in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Mortal Kombat 2: Annihilation.”

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