Daredevil has season 2, Luke Cage comes in September, and Jessica Jones is filming now, so where in the world is the final piece of The Defenders' puzzle, Iron Fist?
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Scott Buck will serve as the showrunner for the Iron Fist Netflix series, and he has proven success with shows like Dexter. “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,” Buck said in a statement when he was first announced.
Now Variety is announcing more information about Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey, who have joined the cast as Joy and Ward Meachum:
"The children of Harold Meachum (Wenham), Joy and Ward have spent their lives building Rand Enterprises to its current standing in the world, only to have all their work put in jeopardy when Danny returns to claim his birthright. They are childhood acquaintances of Danny Rand’s who now play an important role in Rand Enterprises."
There have also been some casting breakdowns floating around the internet, including:
[JODY] 25 – 30, female, Caucasian, highly-educated, logical, compassionate. (series regular)
[WALTER] 30 — 35, male, Caucasian, intelligent and insecure, brilliant in the office but has a ruthless streak. (series regular)
[DEVON] 25 – 30, male, Asian, East Indian, Pacific Islander, etc., handsome, effortlessly-powerful, an intelligent, thoughtful warrior. Also asking for TALENT with MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING / EXPERIENCE (series regular)
There were reports that Marvel met with many different actors for the role of Danny Rand, but eventually went with Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) for Iron Fist.
“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 in a statement. “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,” added Executive Producer/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.”
David Wenham will play Harold Meachu, who has been described a "a ruthless corporate leader who was partners with Danny Rand’s parents at the time of their deaths."
Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones) will play Colleen Wing, who first appeared in Marvel Premiere #19 in 1974, where she was created by Dough Moench and Larry Hama. Misty Knight is going to appear on Marvel's Luke Cage Netflix series.
Here's the official synopsis of the show:
"Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand 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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While we don't have a release date, don't expect it before 2017.