After months of waiting, TheWrap reports and The Hollywood Reports confirms Marvel has found the star for its next Netflix series, Iron Fist. Game of Thrones' own Finn Jones is set to play Danny Rand in the title role. Marvel and Netflix have yet to comment.
Finn is best known for playing Loras Tyrell in Game of Thrones, a role fans will note he hasn't yet vacated. With this new series, the actor will be giving up swords and armor and heading to the streets of modern-day New York City. In the comics, Danny Rand earns the title of Iron Fist after training with the mystical warriors of K'un-L'un. From them, he learns to wield the Iron Fist, a technique that allows him to enhance his strength and speed to superhuman levels. He'll use his skills against New York's criminal element alongside fellow Defenders Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage.
Many hoped Marvel would cast an Asian-American as Danny Rand
Netflix's choice in casting Finn will almost certainly anger fans in some quarters, though. Though Rand is blonde and white in the comics, many hoped that Marvel would cast an Asian-American actor in the role to better foster diversity among its superheroes. However, with a few notable exceptions like Nick Fury and Jeri Hogarth, the company seems to be sticking close to canon with its hires.
There's no word yet on when the eventual Iron Fist series will debut, but fans can expect an announcement soon enough.