We haven’t known a lot about the supporting actors in ‘Iron Fist‘ but have just learned a bit more about how David Wenham as Harold Meachum, Tom Pelphrey as his son Ward Meachum, and Jessica Stroup as his daughter Joy Meachum will factor a little more into the story. They don’t share much in the way of spoilers here but do share how they relate to one another, their ties to Danny Rand, and how their family relationship will tie into the series.
According to Wenham:
“I play Harold Meachum. I play Ward’s father, Harold. Harold was a business partner with Danny Rand’s father. They have a corporation called Rand. He’s a very wealthy, powerful individual, so that was fun to play, ’cause I’m not.”
He goes on to describe his relationship with the children by describing it as:
“In terms of the family dynamic, I think it’s fine to say that the relationship between the three of them — Harold, Ward, and Joy — is complex, to say the least. It’s multilayered, it’s multidimensional, it’s surprising and it’s forever changing, depending on the circumstances. It’s forever evolving. And, you know, it’s a strange relationship.”
That doesn’t quite explain how they’ll be interacting with one another but as he also described himself as “a villain” for the story it would seem that it might not be the most healthy of family relationships. In the comics though there is a solid reason on why the man is specifically a villain towards Danny.
As to Ward, Pelphrey describes his character as:
‘Ward is a character in the comic books, but I can’t say too much. I would say that we’re not necessarily beholden to representing him exactly as he appears in the comic book. But it’s been a lot of fun! Really dynamic material with a lot of good stuff to explore. Good partners. [Executive producer] Scott Buck did a great job staffing the writer’s room and getting us good scripts.’
In the comics we have Ward being Harold’s brother though the dynamic the two have would probably be able to play out in much the same way here. In the comics, Ward blames Danny for another’s death and constantly tries to have him killed which could be an interesting premise to see play out here and a great way to bring in some of the street level killers we’ve met in the other Netflix shows or to introduce new supervillain assassins.
Finally, Stroup added in that while she’s learned a lot about who the character was on page that things are a bit different in the Netflix realm of Marvel as:
‘’ve now caught up reading comic books. [I have] constant questions, constantly trying to follow with the showrunners, the writers, see what they’re going to do with the characters, but my character is a fun and complex one, so I enjoyed it.”
As this has always been the Marvel Netflix show that I’ve had the highest hopes for, I honestly can’t wait to see what they put together. Each season and series have been better than the last so I truly hope that they can keep up this trend.
Are you looking forward to ‘Iron Fist’? Do you think the changes in the Meachum family will be a good one? Share your thoughts below True Believers!
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.
Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’ will be punching its way onto Netflix on March 17th, 2017!
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