Iron Fist is one of those Marvel Comics characters nobody outside of the comic reading minority has heard of, and while I’m a big fan of comic book movies, I bet Marvel Studios and Disney’s proposed Iron Fist movie will be a tough sell.
The comics are about a guy named Danny Rand who is a martial arts expert with a magical power that gives him a big glowing fist. It can be done on the big screen, but this could be a recipe for cheese ball disaster, or it could be a Kill Bill-style romp of awesomeness, but we’ll just have to see. Hopefully Marvel has another Iron Man up its sleeve with this one.
I’m not an expert on martial arts movies by any means, so I’m out of ideas as to who would be a good director for this project, but I do have a sort of out-of-left-field idea about who could play Rand: Mark Pellegrino of Dexter and Lost fame.
Sure, Pellegrino’s a bit old to play a character in his late twenties, but a few tweaks here and there could make it work, especially with his background in martial arts like Judo, Thai boxing, and Ju-Jitsu. Plus, he’s got some range, as he was great as Rita’s abusive ex-husband on Dexter and he nailed the mysteriousness and on-and-off benevolence of a thousand-year-old demigod on Lost.
If the producers find a capable writer/director team and nail a lead like Pellegrino, this could actually turn out well.