Iron Man’s time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be done but that doesn’t mean his legacy is far from over. During the Marvel Studios portion on Disney’s Investor’s Day, Kevin Feige announced that If Beale Street Could Talk and Judas and the Black Messiah’s Dominique Thorne will suit up as Riri Williams aka Ironheart in the upcoming Disney+ series. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato, Riri Willams is a genius teen inventor who creates the most advanced armour-suit since Iron Man. In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Dominique Thorne got the chance to talk about how she was approached for the role.
In the interview, Thorne discussed the casting process by saying:
“I was at home in Delaware and I got a call asking if I would like to play this role,” she exclaims. “It was the best phone call I could have ever received.” She continues by saying, “I was so shocked, in fact, that there was a considerable lag in the conversation!” she laughs. “I was waiting for them to say, like, ‘Oh, we’ll send you the sides’, or, ‘Get your tape over to us.’ But there was none of that. It was just like, ‘Would you like to do this?’ It was probably the most unique experience I’ve ever had because there was no audition at all.”
As far as auditions go, Marvel Studios never seems to miss thanks to casting director Sarah Finn! While it isn’t as traditional as some previous MCU castings, it’s wonderful to see the studio give unknowns such as Dominique Thorne a chance to shine and become a fantastic addition to the ever-growing franchise! As of now, Ironheart is still in pre-production but something tells me we’ll be hearing more development on the project in the coming months ahead.
Are you excited to see Riri Williams live-action debut? What are you hoping to see out of the Disney+ series? Let us know in the comments below!