Marvel has just cast Game of Thrones star Finn Jones as the latest Netflix’s superhero.
The actor is of course best known for portraying Loras Tyrell, the former lover of late would-be king Renly Baratheon and brother of Queen Margaery Tyrell.
In the series, Jones will be playing Daniel Rand, who eventually becomes Iron Fist. As the story goes, Rand travels with his family from New York to a lost mystical city called K’un-L’un.
After tragedy strikes, he ends up getting adopted by the city’s ruler and learns advanced martial arts as well as the mystical power known as the Iron Fist. Of course, once he’s a man, he returns to New York and takes up a post as another resident hero of the city.
The character is described as handsome and sophisticated, independent and a loner. Rand fights against the criminal elements corrupting New York with his kung fu skills and ability to summon the power of the fiery Iron Fist.
Created by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, and Bill Everett, Iron Fist is among the many master martial artists having grown up in the immortal city of K’un-Lun. Heir to the Rand Corporation, Danny uses his family’s wealth to help the poor in New York City. Danny has also been a consistent ally for Luke Cage as the pair started the Heroes for Hire business together.
Iron Fist will be making his live-action debut as Netflix’s fourth and apparently final Marvel television series, the fourth in a series of shows that will culminate in a Defenders miniseries alongside Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
Charlie Cox plays Matt Murdock, Mike Coulter plays Luke Cage and Kristen Ritter plays Jessica Jones.
Funny enough, Finn Jones’ Twitter account went dark around the same time that Luke Cage star Michael Colter publicly claimed that Netflix and Marvel had already cast Danny Rand, so some people were already making connections.
Of course the news caused a little controversy, after disappointing those fans who have been calling for more diversity from Marvel superheroes. As of yet, there isn’t an Asian or Asian-American superhero lead in a Marvel property, after all. And a martial arts expert seemed like the right idea.
After all it was in 1974, that Marvel introduced Iron Fist, similarly inspired by the hot trend of the day: David Carradine’s “Kung Fu” TV series which ran from 1972 to 1975 and starred a half-American, half-Chinese Caucasian character who had trained to become a martial arts expert.
But overall we can’t forget that Marvel has taken a stand on diversified casting when it comes to black characters including changing Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Heimdall (Idris Elba), and Baron Mordo’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) race.
There’s no word yet on when the eventual Iron Fist series will debut, but fans can expect an announcement soon enough.
The Iron Fist series will be run by Dexter and Six Feet Under producer Scott Buck.
As to what the news means for the Game of Thrones character Loras Tyrell, will have to wait for the upcoming new season to find out the fate of the knight, who was last sent to prison along with his sister Margaery.