The Meachum family play a significant role in the Iron Fist comics, and with the upcoming Netflix series a few months away from release, bringing the characters to life is both exciting and daunting for the actors for hire.
At New York Comic-Con, IGN got a chance to meet with David Wenham (Harold Meachum) and Tom Pelphrey (Ward Meachum). They shared details on the roles of their characters and the show’s different tone compared to Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
On their characters’ roles:
Pelphrey: They run the big corporation that’s a major influence in the city, and of course that’s where Danny is coming back to, and all the family ties and the history, and you can rest assured that it will play very much into the dynamics of the show.
On the Meachum family dynamic:
Wenham: The family dynamic is rather complex. It will make fascinating viewing. It’s an interesting relationship that these two have.
Although the show will be an action-drama much like Marvel’s previous Netflix series, the tone for this show will be a bit lighter compared to Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage exploring the darker side of the cinematic universe.
On finding the right tone to portray their characters in the show:
Wenham: It’s always a process of discovery. As actors, we were actually getting the scripts as we were going on. I didn’t know how it was going to end in the story, so it was a constant surprise. It kept us on our toes, and kept us alive and spontaneous and open to any possibility which was really interesting as an actor.
Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand 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.
All episodes of Marvel’s Iron Fist will premiere on Netflix on March 17, 2017.
Source: IGN via YouTube