Marvel has cast David Wenham (Lord of the Rings, 300) in the role of Harold Meachum in their upcoming series Iron Fist. I imagine some of you aren’t familiar with the character, but he does play a very important part in the story.
Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand 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's real name is Daniel Rand, and in the comics he traveled to a lost mystical city called K’un-L’un with his family at the age of 9. After a series of tragic events, Daniel is adopted by city’s ruler and taught an advanced form martial arts as well as the mystical power of the Iron Fist, which basically allows him to channel his chi to the extreme, giving him powers of healing, telepathy, and super fighting abilities. When he's all grown up he returns to New York City and becomes a superhero.
Harold Meachum played a role in bringing on those tragic events. The character is described as a “ruthless corporate leader who was partners with Danny's partners at the time of their deaths. The role he plays in Danny's past and future will be revealed over the course of the series.” In the comic series he was Wendell’s former business partner, and he betrayed him in hopes of taking the company and Harold's wife for himself. If you don’t want to know the details of his involvement, stop reading now. If you do, here ya go!
On a snowy expedition near the mysterious city of K'un-Lun, Harold Meacham violently turned on the other three members of his traveling party. Meachum facilitated Wendell Rand falling to this death. Upon killing his former friend and rival, Meachum proclaimed his unspoken love for Wendell's wife Heather. Outraged, Heather Rand and her young son Danny ran from Meachum. However, she was soon devoured by wolves as she attempted to shield and protect Danny. However, young Danny survived, was rescued, and spent his formative years in K'un-Lun, eventually becoming the martial arts master known as Iron Fist.
Wenham joins Finn Jones (Game of Thrones), who plays the title character, and Jessica Henwick, who is set to play Colleen Wing. Scott Buck (Dexter) will serve as showrunner on the drama, which will be released sometime after Luke Cage.