The upcoming Netflix series, Iron Fist, is getting underway and the Iron Fist/Danny Rand actor, Finn Jones, confirmed he’s begun both physical and spiritual training for the role.

He has yet to try on the suit, he told Entertainment Weekly, but training has already started in full.

 

“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.” He continued, “I’ve always dreamed of a role that bridged spiritual discipline and badass superhero. This is the kind of role I’ve been waiting for for a long time. Now that it’s happened, it’s like a dream come true. I’m super excited.”

 

From Immortal Iron Fist #29, Courtesy of Marvel

From Immortal Iron Fist #29 via Marvel

 

Jones also spoke of what drew him to the character and the role, as well as his appreciation of the source material.

 

“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.”

 

It’s always encouraging to see an actor genuinely enthused about their role and Jones is no exception. In other Iron Fist news, Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress, Jessica Henwick, was recently cast as martial arts expert, Colleen Wing. The series is expected to begin streaming on Netflix sometime next year.

 

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