First reported as a rumor earlier this morning over at The Hashtag Show, Marvel and Netflix smartly opted to not bother denying and just went ahead and officially confirmed the news with EW – “Game of Thrones” actor Finn Jones has scored the title role in the “Iron Fist” series.
The project is the fourth and final hero series in the original deal between Marvel and Netflix to adapt four of Marvel’s properties into original series on the streaming service. A mini-series event, “The Defenders,” starring the title characters from all four series is also on the way but a schedule hasn’t yet been made clear.
The story focuses on Daniel Rand and his return to New York City after being missing for four years. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the power of the fiery Iron Fist.
This fourth series seemed to be the most troubled in terms of getting into production, rumors swirled that the property would be trucated to a standalone film or be replaced instead with a series focusing on The Punisher who is introduced in the second season of “Daredevil”.
Netflix shot down those rumors, hiring “Dexter” producer Scott Buck as showrunner, bringing onboard “Jessica Jones” writer/producer Scott Reynolds as well and announcing a full season order. Word came last month that the character had already been cast but the actor’s name was being kept under wraps.
Jones got his start on British TV on shows such as “The Bill,” “Hollyoaks” and “Doctor Who” spin-off “The Sarah Jane Adventures”. He’s most famous for playing Loras Tyrell, the gay knight and lover of the now slain Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony), in HBO’s big-budget fantasy series “Game of Thrones”