Marvel Finds Its 'Iron Fist' in 'Game of Thrones' Star

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Marvel and Netflix have found their Iron Fist.

Game of Thrones star Finn Jones has been cast as the lead in the upcoming Iron Fist drama series at the streaming giant, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

As first reported by EW, Jones, who stars as Ser Loras Tyrell on the HBO fantasy drama, will play the title role of Daniel Rand, aka Iron Fist. The character is described as handsome and sophisticated, independent and a loner. Rand fights against the criminal elements corrupting New York with his kung fu skills and ability to summon the power of the fiery Iron Fist. The series picks up with Rand returning to the Big Apple after having gone missing for several years.

Dexter's Scott Buck is on board to serve as showrunner on the drama, which marks the fourth of Marvel's five-series deal with Netflix. He'll join Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter, respectively, in the fifth series — The Defenders mini.
For Jones, the role comes after his breakout performance on HBO's Game of Thrones, which returns next month. His credits include Life in Squares and Hollyoaks. Jones is repped by APA, NB Management and Curtis Brown Group in the U.K.

The casting concludes a big online push to have the actor taking on the role be an Asian-American. In the comics, Daniel is portrayed as a blond Caucasian, but over the past year and a half, a grassroots movement urged Marvel and Netflix to cast an Asian-American actor as the titular superhero. 

Iron Fist is a martial-arts warrior imbued with a mystical power known as the Iron First, 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.