Finn Jones read about the role of Danny Rand / Iron Fist on the last day of shooting his part for Game of Thrones. Jones was wondering what he was going to do next when he got contacted by his agent about the role. He said that he connected with Danny right away, both of them being orphans (Jones was adopted), and Danny's desire to find out more about himself, his parents and about being the Iron Fist. He describes Danny as someone struggling to find his identity and has a lot of different flaws and complexities. He also understand Danny's loneliness.
But Jones didn't read all the comics and binge watch all the previous Marvel / Netflix series before starting the project. This isn't the comic book version of the character.
We are dealing with an entity that is in and of itself. This is my version of Iron Fist, this is [showrunner] Scott Buck's and Netflix's and Marvel TV's version of Iron Fist.
So who then is Jone's version of Danny Rand?
He's a child trapped in a man's body. He's an incredibly fierce warrior, but he doesn't know who he is. Iron Fist is like Danny in his adolescence, and The Defenders is like Danny taking responsibility and moving forward with his purpose. He's craving desperately for family, for help, for guidance, for people to learn from, and for a team [in The Defenders]. But because of what happens in Iron Fist, he's very untrusting. It's really his way or no way.
Since we haven't seen Iron Fist yet, Jones speak on how Danny changes from his solo series to being in the Defenders:
What we're seeing [in The Defenders] is Danny is definitely becoming more at ease, I'd say, and more comfortable with his environment because he has others around him, because he's not going at it alone anymore. You get to see Danny's brighter side coming out, and he's not so tormented by this, but also because he's found his purpose.
In Iron Fist, he's so unwound, because he doesn't know who he is, there's always so much confusion, and he's always on the brink of a total meltdown, or totally annihilating something, someone, mainly himself. There's always this high energy frenetic tension, but in Defenders, he's definitely more responsible. He has ground, has drive. I'd say that's the key word for Danny in The Defenders. He drives all of the Defenders to get behind him to solve this… [Pauses as the publicist looks up] issue.
and coming off of Game of Thrones, a show known for keeping stories secret… What does Jones think of Marvel's security?
Well, I will say that Marvel is 100 times more secretive than Game of Thrones. Like, they're not even on the same playing field.