The double-secret official news comes three weeks after The Hashtag Show got the rumor mill (and armchair casting directors) buzzing.
Jones will play Daniel Rand, who returns to New York City after being missing for years. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
As a billionaire turned Buddhist monk/martial arts expert, “Danny Rand is a very complicated character,” showrunner Scott Buck said in a statement to Marvel.com. “Finn is able to play all these levels in such an honest, revelatory way that as soon as I saw him I knew he was our Danny.”
“Finn wonderfully blends confidence with vulnerability, making him the perfect choice as he struggles to find his place in the world,” adds Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb. “Now that we’ve found our Danny Rand, we’ve completed our principal cast for the upcoming Defenders on Netflix and we are thrilled to continue to show audiences unexplored corners of the Marvel Universe.”
Among the other Defenders, Marvel’s Daredevil releases Season 2 this Friday, Marvel’s Luke Cage is set to debut Sept. 30 and Marvel’s Jessica Jones was renewed for Season 2 in January.
Jones’ previous TV credits also include Hollyoaks and the BBC miniseries Life in Squares.