Casting Marvel’s Netflix Shows: Iron Fist and Jessica Jones

From the mystical city of K’un-L’un to the offices of Alias Investigations, the back half of Marvel’s Netflix offerings couldn’t have more different source material. Take a look at who we see as filling the fictional shoes of Rand, Jones and their pals. Check out our picks for Daredevil and Luke Cage here.Chatwin as Iron Fist

With Jimmy/Steve’s fate on Shameless uncertain, we’re turning to Goku himself to fill our hero’s yellow booties. No one will make the argument that Dragonball: Evolution isn’t an abomination. It’s one of the worst movies I’ve seen in recent memory, but it had some decent choreography and Justin Chatwin is excellent in Shameless. He’s proven that he’s got the wit and the conditioning to play comics’ greatest Kung Fu billionaire.

Morgan as Randall

The Fraction/Brubaker/Aja run on The Immortal Iron Fist is practically perfect. If I were making an Iron Fist show, that’s where I’d start. In casting the grizzled former Iron Fist, my search would begin and end Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Supernatural, some chick flicks)

Shou as Lei Kung

90% of the people who are going to watch Iron Fist watched Mortal Kombat as a kid. Robin Shou would bring with him a great throwback quality. Plus, the guys is still in phenomenal shape. More recently, he played Gen in that god-awful Legend of Chun Li movie. Let’s let him teach someone we can actually root for as he whips Danny into shape.

Yen as Yu Ti

Donnie Yen is actually a few years younger than Robin Shou, but the classic hood can easily hide the face of the leader of K’un-L’un (if they rock the hooded look, that is). Regardless, Yen has the steely resolve to make Yu Ti someone not tor be trifled with and the martial arts background to make good on his threats.

Jaa as Davos

Tony Jaa is incredible. The mind reels at the potential fights scenes if they hire established legit Kung Fu movie stars. Really, we just want to see Tony Jaa kicking Chatwin’s ass in a purple mask. He’d make an excellent foil against Chatwin’s bright eyed Danny.

Blair as Jones

Selma Blair has the dry wit and mean streak to bring Jessica Jones to life. Watching the dirtier side of the Marvel Universe unfold through her lens would be really interesting. Plus, someone needs to save her from Charlie Sheen.

Luddington as Drew

A supporting cast for an Alias show is tricky. In a perfect world, we’d get never-referred-to-as-Spider-Woman played by the latest Lara Croft. Two Jessicas (one named after Spider-Man, no less) is a long shot, but I love the Drew/Jones dynamic in that series.

Jones as Purple Man

It’s hard to do a Jessica Jones arc without bringing her greatest enemy. When filling the dapper shoes of Kilgrave, let’s have ourselves an impromptu Hellboy reunion and cast the immensely talented, but sometimes super creepy Doug Jones. Think of all the terrible things he could make people do.

It’s going to be a while before we start hearing anything official, but I hear Vin Diesel is in talks to play Lei Kung, Luke Cage, Foggy Nelson and Jessica Jones. While we can’t confirm this, it’s fun to speculate. So sound off, dear reader! Who do you see playing these parts?

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  1. Tomer Soiker says:

    Charlie Sheen saved Selma Blair from himself by kicking her out of his show. While I didn’t see her as Jessica, your casting of Blair sounds perfect and she’s available, so why not?

  2. This guy as Iron Fist in the new Netflix show? What do you think?

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