It seems weird to think that just a few months ago, the rumor mill was churning that Iron Fist the series was going to be abandoned by Marvel Studios and Netflix in favor of a Punisher show. But things are moving quickly now on the fourth Netflix series from Marvel; the show has it’s hero played by Finn Jones of Game of Thrones fame, and now it has its villain. David Wenham, perhaps most famous for playing Faramir in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and for being one of the 300 in the Zack Snyder film, will be playing the villainous Harold Meachum in Marvel’s next eventual hit.
The announcement was made via the Marvel website. In comic book lore, Meachum is the business partner of Danny Rand’s parents, and is responsible for their deaths during an expedition to the mystical city of K’un-L’un. With young Danny Rand missing and presumed dead, Meachum returns to New York and seizes Rand’s company, until one day when Danny Rand returns…
“I’m very excited to have David as our Harold Meachum. David is capable of displaying raw, visceral strength as well as extremely keen intelligence,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner, Scott Buck in the press release. “This will add up to a character of complex depth who will keep us off balance all season.”
“David brings both a vulnerability and a danger to his many diverse roles,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “This key quality creates a gravitas our series requires as Danny unravels the secrets behind Rand Enterprises.”
The release also came with this intriguing image, which indicates that Meachum may not be in the best of shape when he encounters Danny Rand once again.
In addition to Finn and Wenham, Jessica Henwick has been cast as female lead Colleen Wing, and Arleo Dordar (Minority Report) is also rumored to be joining the cast in an as-yet unknown role. Iron Fist will likely begin production soon for release sometime in early 2017. In the meantime, you can still watch the latest season of Daredevil and eagerly await the premiere of Iron Fist’s co-Hero for Hire Luke Cage on September 30 on Netflix.
Source: Comic Book Movie