Marvel’s Iron Fist will debut on Netflix next year, finally debunking rumors of it being reworked, remade as a movie, or even being scrapped altogether. In addition, 90210’s Jessica Stroup and Banshee’s Tom Pelphrey will join Game of Thrones’ Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick along with veteran actor David Wenham in the Netflix series.
According to a report by Screen Rant, Pelphrey and Stroup will play the Ward and Joy Meachum children of Harold Meachum (Wenham) who have spent their lives preparing to take over Rand Enterprises. That is, until Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn), son of Harold’s business partner, returns after being presumed dead. Both Ward and Joy are acquainted with Danny due to their respective fathers’ ties with each other.
To those unfamiliar, Iron Fist follows the story of Daniel “Danny” Rand’s return to New York after years off the grid while training in the mystical hidden city of K’un-L’un. After 10 years, K’un-L’un reemerges, and Danny leaves to find the culprit behind his father’s murder. Upon his return, he finds his father’s business in the hands of Harold Meachum, seeking vengeance he confronts him in his office.
Seeing Harold, now an amputee due to frostbite after leaving him and his family to die, Danny is overcome with mercy and spares Harold, who has already accepted his fate. Then and there, Harold is murdered by a ninja, after which his daughter Joy sees his dead body and blames Iron Fist for his death.
In typical superhero fashion, Danny fights the criminals plaguing the city with a mastery of kung-fu and summoning the power of Iron Fist as he tries to clear his name.
Variety revealed that Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey are the last two regulars to be cast for the web TV series. Iron Fist will not be released in a serialized weekly format but as 13 hour-long episodes released simultaneously. Netflix said this is to encourage binge-watching, which has been a successful business strategy for the streaming service.