Flash Director Knows Who He Wants to Cast in the Role of Iris West

Saturday, 09 July 2016 - 3:55PM
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The Flash
Saturday, 09 July 2016 - 3:55PM
Flash Director Knows Who He Wants to Cast in the Role of Iris West
It wasn't that long ago that Rick Famuyiwa was announced as the director for The Flash. The director of the critically acclaimed film 'Dope' was mostly welcomed with optimism by the DCEU fanbase, and most can't wait to see what he has planned for the first ever solo movie about the fastest man alive. Now, Famuyiwa has went on record about some of his casting hopes for the 2018 film, and it should give fans a bit more insight about the world he intends to create for Barry Allen.

Famuyiwa hopes to cast 'Dope' star Kiersey Clemons as the female lead and Barry's primary love interest in the comics, Iris West. If his hopes are realized, then this will clearly mean that the role of Iris will end up being racebent for the second time, with the first going to Candace Patton of the hit CW show. It's actually a very smart choice, as it will be adding diversity to what's historically been a predominantly white cast in the comics, and it won't be doing it at the expense of a character who's race is immediately relevant.

'Dope' and the story of 'The Flash' actually have a good bit in common, as they both feature geeky characters with near-genius level intellect and a big heart as the main protagonist, both of which have huge responsibility thrust on them from a freak accident that they have to struggle to cope with and decide how to use. As Famuyiwa obviously has shown such success with a character-driven work like 'Dope,' that inspires a lot of hope for how he'll handle The Flash.

If Kiersey Clemons doesn't get the part, Rita Ora and Lucy Boynton are also rumored for being considered for the role as well. 

The Flash opens in theaters sometime in 2018.
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