Putting a quick end to rumors coming out of New York Comic-Con weeks ago that the Netflix Iron Fist series could be canceled in favor of a TV movie, Marvel officially announced that Scott Buck (Dexter, Rome) would serve as showrunner. For months, insider reports claimed that Marvel was having challenges managing the supernatural and mystical elements of the series and that there could potentially be conflict with Marvel Studios and their film plans.
Whatever problems there may have been, they’ve been solved because Iron Fist is on the way as a full season (as originally planned) and it already has an official plot synopsis. Now we can add to that some more details on who’s going to be casting the show and when it’s going to be shooting.
That Hashtag Show, who landed a few MCU scoops earlier in the year, report on a few series regulars that are currently being cast. The first is Dylan Kendall, late 20s, handsome and a bit of a loner. This name could actually just be a placeholder for the show’s lead: Danny Rand. Note that there’s no ethnicity specified for this character which indicates that Marvel TV could be casting a wide net for this character and that he could be – as we’ve suggested on Screen Rant – played by an Asian actor. The other character is Harry Marshall, who’s twice the age, Caucasian, smart, arrogant and physical.
What’s even more interesting is their info that Iron Fist will also see Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) returning from her key supporting role in Jessica Jones. For Marvel Comics readers, this is a no-brainer inclusion to the cast given that Hogarth (who’s a male character named Jeryn in the books) is actually an Iron Fist character in the source materials who works for Danny Rand’s father.
We can add to this news that veteran, award-winning casting directors Laray Mayfield and Julie Schubert are re-teaming with Marvel TV and Netflix (Schubert is credited for the entire season 1 of Daredevil, Mayfield just for one episode) for Iron Fist. They previously worked on casting for House of Cards for Netflix and are both Emmy award winners.
Iron Fist will shooting in New York next year, between the spring and early fall with a probable air date of early 2017, just a few months after Doctor Strange (Marvel’s first foray into magical side of the lore) opens in theaters.
Daredevil Season 1 and Jessica Jones Season 1 are currently available on Netflix. Luke Cage Season 1 and Daredevil Season 2 (a.k.a. Daredevil V Punisher) arrive in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders will arrive sometime thereafter.
Source: That Hashtag Show