Production is set to kick off soon for the fourth and final series leading up to The Defenders – Iron Fist. Over the past few weeks, Marvel has been slowly announcing the cast, including series star Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist), as well as supporting actors Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing) and David Wenham (Harold Meachum). And while they haven’t announced so just yet, it appears that we may possibly even have our Davos in Arleo Dordar. With the series set to begin filming relatively soon, on the heels of Daredevil‘s season two premiere, there’s no denying that all eyes are currently on Jones. After all, the Netflix shows have set a high standard for their super hero leads.

Entertainment Weekly caught up with the star recently to talk about his introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the training he is doing to get ready for the role. And for those worrying about Jones’ preparation heading into production? There’s no need to worry as Jones is taking the preparations very seriously, and not just for the physical aspects of the role.

I love the character. What really drew me was the character and the story. I really enjoy how he’s a superhero with a real heart but has spiritual elements as well. I think it’s going to be an exciting character to play because there’s this contraction of on one hand he’s from a very wealthy family, he’s a billionaire, on the other hand he’s been in this world of K’un-Lun for a long time where he’s learned kung fu and buddhist philosophy. There’s a contradiction in those elements that’s going to be really fun to play.

The costume is always a big deal, and so far Marvel and Netflix have done a great job at making their heroes look similar to their comic counterpart without being overtly cheesy. The real question remains, has Jones seen his yet?

No. At the moment I’m in the physical preparation for the role. Every day for the last month, I start my day with about two and a half hours of martial arts – which is kung fu and wushu mixed with a bit of tai chi, and other stuff as well. In the afternoon I’ll do weight training with a trainer to bulk me up and get my physically right for the part. And in evenings I’ve been doing meditation classes and learning buddhist philosophies.

And although that sounds like a hell of a lot of work, Jones ensures that it’s definitely fun too.

It is! I’ve always dreamed of a role that bridged spiritual discipline and badass superhero. This is the kind of role I’ve been waiting for for a long time. Now that it’s happened, it’s like a dream come true. I’m super excited.

But Jones isn’t the only one excited for him to have the titular role in Iron Fist. After the casting was announced he received a call from his Game of Thrones co-star Gwendoline Christie, and she is just as excited as the rest of us.

Actually, Gwen reacted exactly the same when I got this. She called and was like, “Lots of emojis! Lots of really positive vibe emojis!”

We are excited for Jones, as well. We don’t have a premiere date for Iron Fist, but we hope to have more news in regards to the roles and casting as production starts up in the next few weeks. What are you hoping to see as production moves forward for the fourth Defender?

Iron Fist is projected to stream exclusively on Netflix in spring 2017.

Source: Entertainment Weekly