Well, it looks like the Defenders have finally assembled. With the civilian identities of Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) already confirmed, all we were waiting on was to see who would play Danny Rand, aka the Immortal Iron Fist. But now, the wait is apparently over, as Entertainment Weekly has announced that Marvel’s latest superhero to hit the small screen will be played by none other than Finn Jones.
Best known for playing Ser Loras Tyrell (brother of Natalie Dormer’s Margaery, and former fiancee of Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister) in HBO’s Game Of Thrones (although horror hounds might also recognise him from Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines), Jones will apparently follow on from Luke Cage (and possibly Season 2 of Jessica Jones) in what promises to showcase an altogether different side of what we’ve seen from Netflix’s Marvel universe so far.
For those who are unfamiliar, the back story sees wealthy young heir Danny Rand being taken in by Lord Tuan, ruler of the mystical city of K’un L’un, after his parents are killed on an expedition. While there, he is trained in the ways of the Iron Fist, allowing him to focus his ‘chi’ (or natural energy, to you mere mortals) to superhuman effect. Usually the purpose employed for this is to punch people really hard, but it can also be employed for other purposes, like healing himself/others.
With minimal acting credits to his name, Game Of Thrones aside, Jones is an interesting choice. While the HBO show didn’t cast doubt on his acting ability, he was never wholly convincing as supposedly one of the toughest knights in the realm, and similarly we’re finding it tricky to picture him as a powerful martial artist here. Still, Marvel’s Netflix series have garnered impressive performances out of all its leads so far, and we’re sure this won’t be any different – especially with Dexter’s Scott Buck at the helm.
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