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As I'm sure you know, Iron Fist is set to be in a Netflix TV series, but the character hasn't been cast yet. Because of this casting issue, I've decided to brainstorm some actors that I think would be ideal to play this character. Even though Hollywood is filled with amazing actors who could play a superhero such as Iron Fist, I've managed to narrow it down to a top ten. (P.S. I don't care about an actors status, I'm listing actors that could play the character well, whether or not they're "too big" for a Netflix series). So let's get started...

1. Ryan Phillippe

Let's get the guy that everyone wants to play Iron Fist out of the way. He's obviously the ideal actor. He resembles Danny Rand, he has the perfect body type, and he would be the type of actor to put in a Netflix series. We can all agree on that, right? Next!

2. Armie Hammer

Remember that terrible Lone Ranger movie? Yeah, try not to. Despite some of his terrible movie choices, Armie Hammer is a really good actor, and has the right body type and facial features for Danny Rand. I think he could pull off the loose relaxed Danny Rand, and kick some ass at the same time.

3. Jensen Ackles

Another actor that has the perfect level of fame for Netflix, Ackles just screams Iron Fist. Granted he is a little beefier than some of the other actors I put on this list, but I don't think anyone would have a hard time overlooking that. Ackles is used to playing dark characters, but in Supernatural he has his loose moments too. If Ackles can keep it loose yet serious, he could be the perfect Iron Fist.

4. Liam Hemsworth

Come on, another perfect actor for this character. Liam Hemsworth Is Danny Rand ripped right off the page, and if he ever made it to the big screen this would be the guy I would want. But of course, an actor of his status wouldn't do a Netflix series, so we could only hope.

5. Anton Yelchin

This one is a bit of a fixer-upper. Anton Yelchin could act the character very well, but he would need to bulk up and quite possibly change his hair. I think a leading role as Iron Fist could do wonders for him though, because the only leading roles he had kinda sucked. Don't get me wrong, he's a kick-ass actor and has done some pretty awesome stuff, but I think some of his lead roles suffered from bad writing.

6. Dave Franco

Dave Franco hasn't done a real heavy action role yet, but if he's anything like his big brother, he can pull it off. Not only does Dave have the correct body type, but he acts like Danny Rand in real life. He keeps it loose and serious at the same time, so this role would be the easiest thing he's done. Of course Dave has done some awesome comedies, but if he can turn a page in his career and take this role on, he could defiantly be believed as Iron Fist.

7. Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam's performance in Pacific Rim is what convinced me to put him on this list. His fight scenes outside of the giant robot thing in my opinion resembled a hero along the lines of Iron Fist. Honestly, if he would shave off the goatee he would be able to pull it off. He's a little older than I would like, but he could kick some serious ass.

8. Zac Efron

I'm sure this casting choice would upset a lot of people, and I would be lying if I said it wouldn't upset me too. However, I can't say that he wouldn't make a good Iron Fist. Despite High School Musical he's actually not that bad of an actor, and he has the body of a superhero. His facial features, especially his eyes, just scream Danny Rand to me, and with his career choices I don't think he would pass up a chance to play the character.

9. Jai Courtney

Jai Courtney to me is a lot like Charlie Hunnam. He's older, he's bulkier, but at the same time he has the look. I don't think anyone would be upset if either of these men got cast, but the choice is kind of risky. I personally would love it if Jai Courtney would play the character, but I'm not the biggest Iron Fist fan out there. As long as the actor has the look and can play the part, I could care less about their age or body type. But that's none of my business.

10. Scott Adkins

Go ahead and Google him, I'll wait. Back yet? OK. Yeah, it's the guy that played Deadpool kind of. Now normally I wouldn't fan-cast someone who already played a Marvel character, but Ryan Reynolds is really Deadpool, Scott Adkins was just Deadpool right after he became Deadpool. (Yo dog, I heard you liked Deadpool) Because he's not given credit to the character, I wouldn't think it would cause any problems. And Scott Adkins is actually a martial artist. It would be badass to get a guy who can actually do the stuff Iron Fist can do (minus the mystical powers of course). The look is a little off, but I wouldn't mind the reinvention of a character if the guy can act the part, and especially if he can do his own stunts.

Honorable mention: Ryan Gosling

Yeah, he looks like Danny Rand, but I couldn't get past the fact that it's the dude from The Notebook. Yeah, he's done a few badass roles, but it's just not enough for me.

What did you think? Is there another actor you think should play Iron Fist? Let me know in the comments!


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