Marvel has found its Iron Fist – Finn Jones (Game Of Thrones) has been cast as the lead in the next Marvel/Netflix co-production. Jones will star as Danny Rand, a man who trains in martial arts and gains the power of the mystical Iron Fist. Fans of the comics will know that Rand later becomes one of The Defenders, and will feature in the next Marvel series of that name, seeing him team up with Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter).
24: Legacy continues to round out its cast, with Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex), Jimmy Smits (Dexter) and Anna Diop (The Messengers) all signing up. They join the previously announced series stars Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), who will play the Jack Bauer-esque hero in the new reboot, and Miranda Otto (Homeland), who stars as a former head of CTU. The reboot has been written by 24 writers Manny Coto and Evan Katz, with Howard Gordon returning as executive producer.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is set to reprise her role as the scheming Kathryn Merteuil in the upcoming TV reboot of Cruel Intentions. The new NBC series will pick up fifteen years after the events of the film, with Kathryn seeking to gain control of both Valmont International and Bash Casey, the son of Sebastian Valmont and Annette Hargrove, originally played in the film by Ryan Phillipe and Reese Witherspoon. Witherspoon will not be appearing in the new series, with Kate Levering (Drop Dead Diva) cast in her place.Amazon have confirmed that the currently filming fifth series of Ripper Street will be the show’s last. Amazon previously saved the show after it was cancelled by the BBC, reviving it for its online streaming service, but the announcement comes as no great surprise with cast members teasing that such news was imminent. It’s also been revealed that Joseph Mawle (Game Of Thrones) will return to the show in the final series, reviving his role as Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine, last seen in the series two finale.
Ben Daniels (House Of Cards) and Alfonso Herrera (Sense8) have both been cast in Fox’s upcoming adaptation of The Exorcist. The new series, described as a psychological thriller, will follow two men as they both attempt to help a family struggling with demonic possession. Daniels will star as Father Marcus, an ‘intense holy warrior’ whilst Herrera will play his opposite, Father Tomas, a ‘selfless and compassionate leader’ of a small congregation.
Ian McShane (Deadwood) has joined the cast of American Gods, the Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s cult novel of the same name. McShane will play the key role of Mr Wednesday, a strange man who recruits Shadow (Ricky Whittle) into the civil war raging between the Old Gods and the New. The adaptation is being helmed by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes).