Iron Fist casts Lord Of The Rings star as lead villain

Find out who will play Harold Meachum in Marvel’s Iron Fist

Having already hired Finn Jones and Jessica Fenwick in recent years, the creators of Marvel’s Iron Fist series have gone against the grain by hiring someone who isn’t a Game Of Thrones cast member. Yes, the latest name to be joining Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series is none other than David Wenham.

David Wenham as Faramir in The Lord Of The Rings

Having played Boromir’s brother Faramir in two thirds of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Dilios in both 300 and 300: Rise Of An Empire, Wenham will take on villain duties in Iron Fist as Harold Meachum. While his name won’t mean a lot to non-comics fans, Meachum is a pivotal figure in the evolution of Danny Rand, being a former business partner of Danny’s father who caused the death of both his parents and left the youngster stranded in K’un-Lun. It’s unclear yet exactly how closely the series will hew to the comics, but the below image released by Marvel would appear to offer a sizeable hint.

For Marvel’s part, Meachum is described as a “ruthless business leader”, although it’s likely he’ll have seen better days. Out theory is that he’ll be more of a first-act villain, kind of like the Punisher was in Season 2 of Daredevil, with someone else taking the flack for the second half. We’re not as versed in Iron Fist mythology as we are other characters, so no idea who this would be, but hey ho.

Wenham joins a cast that already includes Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist and Jessica Fenwick as Coleen Wing. Scott Buck (Dexter) is on board as showrunner, as well as penning the script alongside Scott Reynolds.

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