Aussie actor David Wenham, known for his roles in 300 and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, has officially joined Marvel.
Marvel has announced that Wenham has been cast as a villain in the upcoming Netflix series Iron Fist, which will focus on the fourth hero set to populate Marvel-Netflix’s The Defenders team-up. Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage make up the other three members.
Wenham will be playing Harold Meachum, a ruthless corporate leader who was partners with our hero’s parents when they died. It isn’t yet known what arc we’ll see Meachum play throughout the season.
“I’m very excited to have David as our Harold Meachum. David is capable of displaying raw, visceral strength as well as extremely keen intelligence,” Scott Buck, announced as Iron Fist‘s executive producer and showrunner last December, said in a statement. “This will add up to a character of complex depth who will keep us off balance all season.”
Executive producer and Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb echoed Buck’s sentiments, saying: “David brings both a vulnerability and a danger to his many diverse roles. This key quality creates a gravitas our series requires as Danny unravels the secrets behind Rand Enterprises.”
As reads Marvel’s Iron Fist synopsis:
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.
Iron Fist, starring Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones in the lead role, will hit Netflix sometime in 2017.