With Daredevil's second season due in three weeks, Jessica Jones confirmed for a second season, Luke Cage in production, lead casting for the other Netflix Defender series, Iron Fist has been confirmed and it's ....
Finn Jones. Yup, the role of Danny Rand will be played by Loras Tyrell himself, which means that Jones's role on Game Of Thrones is clearly coming to an end, which might not be a bad thing in some respects. Needless to say, thanks to social media reaction, the casting for the role unlike the castings for Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter has seemingly gone down like a lead balloon. My own thoughts on this are as follows ....
1: From the limited knowledge I have of the character, I do know that Danny Rand is white in the comics, so casting a white male actor isn't the crime of the century that some social media types are trying to claim it is.
2: Had they cast an Asian-American actor, that would've been fine and maybe they did miss an opportunity by not doing so but saying that, wouldn't Marvel/Netflix have been accused of stereotyping as well had they done so?
3: I like the actor from previous things I've seen him in and I'm willing to give him a chance and given past casting for Marvel shows on Netflix, I'm willing to bet Jones will be fine in the role.
4: I'm bored of social media outrage and this is all this is amounting to - people complaining for the sake of it rather than there being an actual problem.
5: Diversity matters - of course it does and I want more of it on television as much as the next person but Jones's casting shouldn't be seen as some kind of slight either.
What are your thoughts on the casting? Right choice, too safe a choice or a missed opportunity?
Press Release: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/25/finn-jones-iron-fist
Filming for Iron Fist will begin shortly for Netflix.