Game of Thrones’ Finn Jones confirmed as Netflix and Marvel’s Iron Fist

iron fist finn jones game of thrones
With the second season premiere of Daredevil just hours away, Netflix appears to be looking ahead to its deeper plans for the small-screen side of Marvel’s cinematic universe — with an eye toward the fourth member of the street-level superhero team, The Defenders.

Following multiple reports last month that Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones will play Iron Fist in the upcoming Marvel series on Netflix, the studios today confirmed the news. Jones will round out a team that already includes Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, and Mike Colter as Luke Cage. The Iron Fist series will premiere sometime after the Luke Cage series lands this fall, and will be followed by a team-up miniseries titled The Defenders that will feature all four characters.

As first reported by The Hashtag Show, Jones will play Daniel Rand, the most popular incarnation of Marvel’s Comics Iron Fist. In the comic-book universe, Danny Rand is an orphan adopted by the leader of the magical, mysterious city of K’un L’un in the Himalayas, and trained to wield the power of (you guessed it) the Iron Fist — an ancient ability that only the most talented kung-fu masters have attained. After 10 years in K’un L’un, Danny returned to New York City to reclaim his family’s fortune and avenge the death of his parents, only to end up partnering with Luke Cage, and other heroes at various points, as a street-level vigilante.

“Danny Rand is a very complicated character. He’s a billionaire New York Buddhist monk martial arts superhero who’s still trying to figure out what exactly that all means,” said Executive Producer and showrunner, Scott Buck, in a press release. “Finn is able to play all these levels in such an honest, revelatory way that as soon as I saw him I knew he was our Danny.”

Plot details for the Iron Fist series on Netflix are scarce, but the synopsis provided by the studios so far indicates that the series will follow a similar arc to the comics, with Danny Rand’s return to New York City after disappearing years earlier. Upon his return, he takes up arms — literally — against the criminal element around the city, using his kung-fu skills and mastery of the Iron Fist.

Jones is probably best known for his portrayal of Ser Loras Tyrell on HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, but he also appeared on the long-running British soap opera Hollyoaks in years past. News of his casting as Iron Fist has sparked a bit of controversy, with some insisting that the role should’ve gone to an Asian actor, and others suggesting that casting an Asian actor as a kung-fu character was a stereotype in itself.

Originally created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Iron Fist made his debut in a 1974 issue of Marvel Premiere. His popularity has fluctuated over the years, and he has often found success as a member of a team, typically partnered with Luke Cage. The pair had a popular run together during the late ’70s through the early ’80s, repeatedly teaming up over the years.

Iron Fist will be Marvel’s fourth solo series on Netflix, but it doesn’t have an official premiere date at this point.

Updated 3/17/16 by Stephanie Topacio Long: This article has been updated to reflect Marvel and Neftlix’s confirmation of Jones’ casting.

Home Theater

Netflix paid $100M to keep ‘Friends,’ but viewers may pay the highest price

Netflix reportedly paid $100 million to keep '90s sitcom Friends on its service for another year, but the cost consumers might have to pay for access to their favorite shows and movies down the road could be much, much higher.
Movies & TV

Our first look at 'The Punisher' season 2 hints at January 2019 premiere

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero, Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far.
Movies & TV

The best Amazon Original series, from 'Bosch' to 'Transparent'

Amazon Studios may not have as big a collection of in-house productions as Netflix, but there are still lots of shows worthy of your eyeballs. Here are our picks for the best Amazon original series.
Home Theater

Now-canceled ‘Daredevil’ was one of Netflix’s most popular shows

Netflix recently canceled Marvel's Daredevil just a month after the premiere of the show's third season, despite reports indicating that it was one of the service's most popular shows.
Movies & TV

Lose the torrents. Here's how to watch 'Game of Thrones' online (legally)

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, but unless you're a cable subscriber, finding a way to watch isn't always easy. Check out our guide on how to watch online, whether you prefer using HBO, Hulu, or Amazon.
Home Theater

Block the outside world, tune into your own with the best in-ear headphones

Over-the-ear headphones offer top-flight sound, but they're not so easy to take along with you. If you're looking to upgrade your portable sound, check out our favorite in-ear headphones -- there's a model for every user and every budget.
Home Theater

Get ready to ditch your amplifier: New LG TVs add a powerful way to go wireless

WiSA, a wireless technology designed for high-end home theaters, might finally start seeing more love. LG's top-tier 2019 TVs will be WiSA certified, and that could mean a new wireless future for premium surround sound.

Don't know what to do with all your old DVDs? Here's how to convert them to MP4

Given today's rapid technological advancements, physical discs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Check out our guide on how to convert a DVD to MP4, so you can ditch discs for digital files.
Smart Home

The Apple HomePod gets a whole lot cheaper today at Target

Apple's HomePod hasn't been the most popular smart speaker on the market but for users who are all in on Apple's heavily policed ecosystem of devices, this smart speaker is on serious sale at Target this week.
Home Theater

Kill your cable and switch to streaming with our painless guide

If you're going to quit cable or satellite for a streaming TV solution, you're going to want to get it right the first time. We've outlined exactly how to get started, step by step. Follow our lead, and you'll never look back.

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…
Home Theater

Still listening on tinny TV speakers? Try one of our favorite soundbars

You no longer have to sacrifice sound for size when selecting home audio equipment. Check out our picks for the best soundbars, whether you're looking for budget options, pure power, smarts, or tons of features.
Home Theater

These top-line smart speakers conduct the most sophisticated symphony: Your life

Stuck talking to yourself? Get an A.I. assistant to keep you company! Whether you put your stock in Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, we've picked out the best smart speaker for any smart home ecosystem.

Choosing one of these smart TVs under $300 will make you look like a genius

Buying a good cheap smart TV is easier than ever. To help you out, we've sniffed out a half dozen of the best models out there with prices starting at just $130. We've even thrown in a couple 4K smart TVs, with these UHD models still…