After much doubt and speculation on the project, Marvel's Iron Fisthas been finding its pace by securing its lead and a slew of other cast members.
Now, two particular characters that are most important to the Iron Fist mythos, Joy and Ward Meachum, have joined the project — the actors, not the characters — I'm sure the characters were planned long ago.
So who will be portraying the siblings (children of Harold Meachum) portrayed by David Wenham? Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey.
Marvel.com also released very important information on what the characters will bring to the series:
The children of Harold Meachum (David Wenham), Joy and Ward, have spent their lives building Rand Enterprises to its current standing in the world, only to have all their work put in jeopardy when Danny returns to claim his birthright.
Executive producer for the upcoming series and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb had this to say:
“With the terrific addition of the very talented Jessica and Tom, we’ve now brought the entire Meachum family together. While Marvel couldn’t be happier, Danny's mission just got a lot more complicated."
Showrunner and Executive Producer Scott Buck also shared his thoughts on the casting and revealed an "intriguing" detail:
“I’m very happy to have Jessica and Tom as our Joy and Ward Meachum. Much like Danny Rand’s past is a mystery to us, we’ll discover along the way that the Meachum children have intriguing secrets of their own."
They also reveal that these new additions complete Marvel's Iron Fist cast of series regulars, which includes: Finn Jones as Danny Rand, Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, and David Wenham as Harold Meachum.
But that's not all. Marvel.com has also released this intriguing new picture of Rand and the Meachum siblings together as, presumably, children, dated 2001, check it out:
So this means they not only knew each other casually but by the "Danny, Joy and Ward," it's safe to assume they were close friends, meaning the conflict between them when Rand returns to New York will be much more personal.
"In 'Marvel’s Iron Fist,' Daniel Rand 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."