1:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Lord of the Rings' Actor Boards Marvel's 'Iron Fist' Series
Marvel continues to flesh out the lineup for its upcoming Iron Fist Netflix series.
David Wenham (Lord of the Rings, 300) has joined the drama as Harold Meachum, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The fourth of Marvel's five-series deal with the streaming giant, Iron Fist centers on a martial-arts warrior imbued with a mystical power known as the Iron Fist, which allows him to channel his chi to superhuman levels, giving him healing, telepathy and super-punching abilities. His alter ego is Daniel Rand, a native New Yorker raised in K’un-L’un, an alternate-dimension city where he attained those martial arts and supernatural skills.
In the series, Danny returns to the Big Apple after being missing for four years and uses his kung fu skills to fight against the criminals corrupting the city.
Meachum is described as a ruthless corporate leader who was partners with Danny's parents at the time of their deaths. The role he plays in Danny's past and future will be revealed over the course of the series. Meachum made more than 20 appearances in the Iron Fist comic books over the years, dating back to the 1940s.
Wenham joins previously cast Finn Jones (Game of Thrones), who play the titular character, and Jessica Henwick, who will play Colleen Wing. Dexter's Scott Buck is on board to serve as showrunner on the drama, which will come after Luke Cage, which debuts this fall on Netflix.
Wenham will next be seen in the Nicole Kidman film Lion and the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean sequel. He is repped by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin and Anonymous Content.