For a while, it almost seemed as if Iron Fist wouldn’t be happening. However, shooting is scheduled to begin shortly in New York City, and the cast continues to grow with some very impressive additions to Danny Rand’s corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Talking in a recent interview, star Finn Jones has shed some light on what drew him to the coveted role, while also offering some insight into why he’s excited to become Iron Fist.
“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 Game of Thrones star was then asked if he’s had chance to try on the costume yet (a look which it’s going to be very interesting to see how Marvel handles), and responded:
“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.”
The actor’s passion for Iron Fist is clear to see based on these comments, and while we probably have quite some time to wait before getting to see him in action – though there are rumours about him showing up in Luke Cage – it’s hard to not get excited about what’s to come in the series once it finally reaches Netflix next year.
Source: Entertainment Weekly