Marvel’s Iron Fist series on Netflix has been mired in controversy since it was first announced. After tagging Finn Jones to play the title hero, many pointed to a missed opportunity to fix Hollywood’s problem with Asian representation. Then, the series debuted as the worst-reviewed Marvel series yet, with much of the criticism directed at Jones’ stiff acting and poorly-written characterization.
That said, there are tons of other actors who could have been amazing in the role. Here’s our own definitive list.
1. Lewis Tan
The saga behind Lewis Tan’s quest to land a role in Iron Fist is interesting to say the very least. Tan originally auditioned for the role of Danny Rand, making it down to the final round of cuts before Finn Jones was eventually chosen instead. Later, the show’s producers called him up about appearing as a one-off villain, and so he was cast as Zhou Cheng (pictured above).
Tan’s brief role late in the first season was an absolute treat to watch, and if anything, showed just exactly what we missed out on when Marvel passed on him originally.