Iron Fist Star Jessica Henwick Defends Finn Jones as Danny Rand

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Marvel's Iron Fist will premiere on Netflix on March 17, and it sounds like the show has been getting a lot of heat lately, not just for its casting controversy but also for its plethora of negative reviews. In the comics, both versions of the the character of Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones) are white but some fans thought that it would have been more ideal for an Asian actor to get the role.

Jones tried to defend the series by saying that it's diverse and criticized those who were being negative about the series before they've even seen it. Jones even disabled his Twitter account because of that.


During a joint interview with The Daily Beast with Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, who plays Colleen Wing in the show, defended her co-star, praising Jones' efforts at bringing the Iron Fist to life.

"I am Asian and I am an actor," the British/Chinese actress said. "If anyone understands, it's me. I have faced it in my career. I've been working eight years and I've experienced it firsthand, the disparity when it comes to Asian representation—even more than that, Asian misrepresentation."

"But I also have seen what Finn's done in this role and I honestly, honestly think that he smashes it out the park." Henwick added.

Henwick didn't weigh on whether or not Danny Rand should have been cast as an Asian Americna. She only points out Jones' performance in the series. Her comment most likely won't change the minds of those who were already negative about the casting and/or the show, but it's assuring to hear from an Asian co-star that Jones seemed to have done an excellent job for the show


In Marvel's Iron Fist, fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. However, when a long-destined enemy rises in New York, this living weapon is forced to choose between his family's legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist.

All 13 episodes of Marvel's Iron Fist will premiere on Netflix March 17.

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