As production on Justice League is well underway and Wonder Woman is wrapped, it’s time for Warner Bros. to start stoking the fires for its next installment in the DC Extended Universe, and that would be The Flash movie. After jettisoning Seth Grahame-Smith from the director’s chair, Warner Bros. set Rick Famuyiwa to take the helm based primarily on the promise he showed with his Sundance hit Dope. Now, as the superhero film begins to take shape, Famuyiwa is continuing the casting process, and a familiar face may be added to the mix.
Per Variety, Dope and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising actress Kiersey Clemons is the top choice to play the female lead in The Flash movie, with insiders suggesting the character is likely to be that of Iris West. In the comics, West is a journalist and friend of Barry Allen, the alter ego of the Flash. Ezra Miller made his debut as Allen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and reprises the role in Justice League, but The Flash is where he’ll take center stage, and I’m not one to argue with pairing the impeccably talented Miller with Clemons, who was certainly a standout in Dope.
Clemons’ casting is not a done deal, and THR’s Borys Kit adds that British singer-songwriter and Southpaw actress Rita Ora is also in the mix as well as Sing Street breakout Lucy Boynton. Clearly Warner Bros. is going for color blind casting here, which is a welcome change of pace.
Miller is poised to be joined by Ray Fisher’s Cyborg in The Flash, which is reportedly a team-up/buddy-type movie between the two. Famuyiwa will be working from Grahame-Smith’s script, which itself was based on a treatment that Phil Lord and Chris Miller cooked up before they were whisked away to direct the Han Solo Star Wars movie. As it stands now, The Flash is expected to start filming sometime this year in anticipation of its projected 2018 release date.