With New York Comic Con being this past weekend, Iron Fist kicked it into high gear and began the long road of marketing and advertising before it’s highly anticipated release in March of next year.
Blastr recently got to sit down with the cast of the show and got the inside scoop on some of the major characters. When asked about Danny’s character, actor Finn Jones had this to say about his fateful return to New York:
I think the idea is that Danny expects – he’s a naive soul – and he expects to come back to New York and come back to Rand [his company] and expects for Harold and Joy and Ward to accept him with open arms and to get Rand back quite easily, and for the missing child to be embraced, and what he discovers is something quite different. The world that he’s come back to is not the world he once remembered.
He’s just looking for a companion. For the last 15 years, he’s been looking for someone to help heal him, to heal his trauma, and he comes back and he can see and Joy, he can see her light deep down in her, her good heart, but the corporation has hardened her, and I think he still holds out on a limb that Joy will come back for him and look after him and bee his friend.
Returning to a Western civilization after 15 years of being away can’t be easy and it will certainly be interesting to see how Danny handles the challenge. Danny isn’t the only character to experience a change during the series, however. Jessica Stroup, who will play Joy Meachum, had this to say about Danny’s return to New York:
We were best friends growing up, parents were best friends, Ward was the one that probably picked on him. They dynamic has changed. years have gone by and he’s presenting questions and challenging them in ways they haven’t ever been challenged.
Stroup’s character Joy will have a brother, Ward (to be played by Tom Pelphrey), in the series as well. We’ve already learned that he picked on little Danny, and it sounds like he won’t be too thrilled with Danny’s return:
I think we start the show with Danny coming back, but for the last  years, there’s been a sort of stasis in the way things work, and obviously having someone like him come back would upset a lot of the power balance and put a lot of balls in play, which might not be too comfortable.
Pelphrey also noted that the show isn’t just about Danny, but that “it’s about the relationships; we have good stuff with Daddy Dearest.” Could this be a reference to the 1981 flick Mommie Dearest centered around a powerful and abusive mother, indicating that Harold isn’t going to be a loving a doting father? Only time will tell. “Daddy Dearest,” a.k.a. Harold Meachum, will be played by David Wenham, who was also intrigued by the family dynamics of the series:
I think we see two different aspects of Harold. I think we see the captain of Industry, but what’s equally as interesting is the family dynamics with Harold and his kids Ward and Joy and the complexities within those relationships. I think that fascinated me as much as the mechanics of the business.
Netflix/Marvel favorite Rosario Dawson was also present for the interview, which may or may not be an indicator of the size of her role in the series. Luke Cage gave Claire a bigger role than she’s played in the MCU so far, could Iron Fist beat that? Dawson had this to say about Claire’s entrance into the world of Danny Rand:
I think actually you get the easter egg people have been going pretty crazy over in Luke Cage, and I’m going to have some free time on my hands now that Luke is not at my disposal. So I think it’s really fun to start exploring a little bit of being someone who can really take care of herself as much as she’s taken care of other people. She stitches these different shows together, but I think she’s also wanting to patch up some things within herself about what her purpose is, and what direction she wants to go in. She’s always researching, she’s always studying, she’s always trying to be better, she’s always trying to keep ahead, and I think she’s started to explore some other options for herself to be at the ready, which she’s wanting to be, as a proper New Yorker, you should always be at the ready for any circumstance or situation! She realizes, I think, as she keeps meeting these different heroes, ‘this is probably a trend that not going to stop anytime soon.’ New York City’s busy, yo! There a lot of energies, a lot of things going down in New York!
It sounds as though this show is going to be an incredible one. The actors have a great handle on the characters they’ve been hired to play, and showrunner Scott Buck has helmed several episodes of Dexter and Six Feet Under and even wrote an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, so I’d say he’s up to the Marvel challenge.
Iron Fist drops 13 episodes on March 17th, 2017, and is set to star Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist), Jessica Stroup (Joy Meachum), Tom Pelphrey (Ward Meachum), David Wenham (Harold Meachum), Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing), and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple). What are you most excited about for Iron Fist? Sound off in the comments.
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