“The Flash” director Rick Famuyiwa is already zeroing in on a familiar face for the DC film’s female lead.
Sources tell Variety that Famuyiwa’s top choice for the female lead in “The Flash” is Kiersey Clemons, who also starred in Famuyiwa’s critically acclaimed dramedy “Dope.“
Warner Bros. had no comment on the casting.
The film stars Ezra Miller, who first appeared as the superhero in WB’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
While details are still vague on who the character may be, insiders say it is likely to be Iris West, the tough-as-nails journalist and friend of Barry Allen, the alter ego of the Flash.
“The Flash” had to overcome the hurdle of replacing the film’s original director, Seth Grahame-Smith, who parted ways with the project over creative differences. The film, however, appears to be able to meet its start date. Production is expected to commence sometime this year.
The studio is keeping Smith’s most recent draft of the script, which is based on a treatment by Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
Clemons’ star has risen significantly since her breakout performance in “Dope.” Since the pic, she landed a role as one of Chloe Moretz’s sorority sisters in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” as well as one of the leads in Sony’s remake of “Flatliners.”
She is repped by UTA, MJMG and Mach 1 Management.