‘Iron Fist’ Star Finn Jones Cast as the Lead in Fox Drama Pilot ‘Prodigal Son’

Joins fellow “Defender” Mike Colter in linking up with a network pilot following end of Marvel-Netflix partnership

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Finn Jones has found its next role after the cancellation of his Marvel TV drama “Iron Fist.” The actor has been cast as the lead in Fox’s drama pilot, “Prodigal Son.”

Jones will play Malcolm Bright. Intelligent but deeply damaged, Malcolm has a self-deprecating sense of humor and a surprising level of compassion. The son of a notorious serial killer, Malcolm fearlessly uses his razor-sharp instincts as a forensic profiler with the NYPD, where he often angers his co-workers.

Jones joins a cast that includes Michael Sheen, Lou Diamond Phillips, Aurora Perrineau, and Frank Harts.

Here’s the official description for the pilot: Malcolm Bright (Jones) has a gift. He knows how killers think, how their minds work. Why? His father (Sheen) was one of the worst — a notorious serial killer called “The Surgeon.” That’s why Bright is the best criminal psychologist around; murder is the family business. He will use his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother, annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son, and his own constantly evolving neuroses. “Prodigal Son” is a fresh take on a crime franchise with a provocative and outrageous lead character and darkly comedic tone.

Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver will write and executive produce, with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter also executive producing. Lee Toland Krieger will direct and also grab an EP credit.

“Prodigal Son” hails from Warner Bros. Television, where Berlanti has an overall deal and is a co-production with Fox Entertainment.

Jones is coming off his two-season run playing Danny Rand in “Iron Fist.” He also had a recurring role in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as Ser Loras Tyrell during the first six seasons.

Jones is the second Marvel TV star to find a new gig after Netflix canceled its roster of shows from the studio. Last month, Mike Colter, who played Luke Cage, re-teamed with “Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King on their CBS drama pilot “Evil.”