The synopsis for Iron Fist is as follows:
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.
The report states that Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey are set to play the roles of Joy Meachum and Ward Meachum, children of Harold Meachum who have spent their lives building Rand Enterprises to its current standing in the world, only to have all their work put in jeopardy when Danny returns to claim his birthright. They are childhood acquaintances of Danny Rand’s who now play an important role in Rand Enterprises.
Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb said of the casting:
With the terrific addition of the very talented Jessica and Tom, we’ve now brought the entire Meachum family together. While Marvel couldn’t be happier, Danny’s mission just got a lot more complicated.
Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott Buck said of the casting:
I’m very happy to have Jessica and Tom as our Joy and Ward Meachum. Much like Danny Rand’s past is a mystery to us, we’ll discover along the way that the Meachum children have intriguing secrets of their own.
I can’t comment on Stroup being cast as I haven’t seen her in anything yet (90210 and The Following weren’t my thing) but I’m definitely happy for Pelphrey to have worked lined up after wrapping up his role in Banshee. He may have only appeared a short while since joining in season 3 but he had a few scenes there where the guy has obvious talent in playing conflicted characters. Stroup and Pelphrey join a cast that includes Finn Jones (Danny Rand), Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing) and David Wenham (Harold Meachum).