When the Iron Fist Netflix series was announced, there were questions asked around the internet, and aside from, “who is Iron Fist?”, the other question was, “are they going to cast an Asian actor for the role?” While in the comic book, Iron Fist, also known as Danny Rand, was of Caucasian descent, but it’s not out of the ordinary to venture off the comics a little bit as far as ethnicity goes, at least in recent times, but there was still a buzz around the character. As casting went on, the question still remained until Marvel moved to stick true to the character’s origin and cast Finn Jones, known for his role as Ser Loras Tyrell on Game of Thrones, as the protagonist.
When the news broke, people were worried Danny Rand would be portrayed as a “white savior” to the Asian culture. In an interview with Gadget360, Scott Buck, Iron Fist’s showrunner, had this to say about the Danny Rand and the casting decision.
“When Marvel came to me with this idea, I’d never heard of Iron Fist or Danny Rand. I had never read the comics. What [Marvel TV head] Jeph Loeb pitched me specifically was this character Danny Rand, and that was the story that pulled me in. That intrigued me. So the other aspects I only learned about afterwards, and I can say most definitively Danny Rand is no white savior. He’s trying to save himself, if anything.”
Iron Fist is set to release on Netflix on March 17, 2017.