Marvel’s Netflix Iron Fist faces a more uphill battle than some of the other Defenders, but regardless of any controversy surrounding the role, star Finn Jones appears to be doing his homework. The erstwhile Game Thrones star opens up to detail some of his martial arts regiments, spiritual research and more.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Jones offered a brief insight into his training for the role of Danny Rand, Marvel’s Iron Fist, the series of which will begin shooting sometime in the coming weeks. In addition to daily martial arts practice that includes the likes of Kung Fu, Wushu and Tai Chi, along with meditation and a study of Buddhism, Jones offered of the role’s duality:

I’ve always dreamed of a role that bridged spiritual discipline and badass superhero. There’s a contradiction in those elements that’s going to be very fun to play.

Elsewhere, following the addition of Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, recent breakdowns also suggested Iron Fist likely to begin casting the roles of Shang Chi, “Steel Serpent,” Ward Meachum and his niece Joy. Scott Buck will showrun Iron Fist, while recent reports suggested Jessica Jones writer Scott Reynolds will also have a hand on the creative side.

For the moment, neither Marvel nor Netflix have publicly released a schedule for Iron Fist, The Defenders, or a second season of Jessica Jones, let alone any spinoffs. While we wait, does Jones seem any better suited for the role?