Myles Aronowitz/Netflix(NEW YORK) — RZA is getting back into the director’s chair.
In an Extra Facebook Live interview, Iron Fist star Finn Jones, who plays series lead Danny Rand, explains that the Wu-Tang emcee and actor has a major part in the upcoming Netflix series.
Jones plays Danny Rand, the son of a murdered billionaire who, while in the Far East, uncovers a mystical power that allows him to channel his energy into the titular, super-strong punch.
He returns to his stomping grounds of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City, and soon literally turns it into his stomping grounds, taking on crime as a masked superhero.
“So before I started the role, I actually made a playlist on my iPod of songs that Danny Rand would listen to,” explained Jones in the Q & A session. “It’s a lot of kind of ’90s hip hop, like De La Soul, Jurassic 5, Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang Clan. Like that kind of music is what Danny’s really jamming to. And we feature that in the series. And actually one of our episodes was directed by the RZA himself. Episode six. So yeah there’s a very close tie with hip-hop and the Iron Fist series.”
According to Jones, RZA’s episode will be called “Immortal Emerges from Cave” which suggests that it may reveal key parts from Iron Fist’s beginnings.
RZA’s directing gig isn’t the emcee’s first time behind the camera. In 2012 the rapper took his appreciation of martial arts to the big screen by starring and directing in The Man with the Iron Fists, as well as its sequel three years later.
Iron Fist is set to premiere on Netflix Friday, March 17.
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