Last month, Warner Bros. brought on Dope director Rick Famuyiwa to helm their highly-anticipated comic book adaptation of The Flash. The project was believed to be set for release on March 16, 2018, but MGM and Warner Bros. recently slotted their Tomb Raider reboot on this date, and an official date for The Flash has yet to be set. Ezra Miller has long been attached as the title character, making his DCEU debut in this spring's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but no other cast members have been announced. Today we have word that three contenders have emerged for the female lead, which is most likely Iris West, Kiersey Clemons, Rita Ora and Lucy Boynton.
Variety reports that Kiersey Clemons, who starred in director Rick Famuyiwa's 2015 film Dope, has emerged as the front runner. However, The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit teases that Rita Ora and Lucy Boynton are also "in the mix" to play Iris West. Warner Bros. had no comment on these reports, and it remains unclear when the studio may make a final decision. Variety reports that production will begin sometime this year, and even though they had to bring in Rick Famuyiwa to replace Seth Grahame-Smith, who left the project due to creative difficulties, the project will still reportedly start filming on time.
Ezra Miller will return as Barry Allen/The Flash, after making his DCEU debut past this spring in a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice cameo. No other cast members have been confirmed yet, but it has been recently rumored that Ray Fisher's Cyborg will team up with Barry Allen in this movie. We have also reported that the studio is currently casting for five DC Comics characters that include Iris West, Eobard Thawne, Fred Chyre, Len Snart and Jay Garrick, but it isn't clear if the studio is actively casting for the rest of these characters as well.
The Flash movie will happen after Ezra Miller finishes production on Justice League Part 1, under the direction of Zack Snyder, which has a November 17, 2017 release date in place and is now shooting. We reported that the Justice League Part 1 story will carry over into both The Flash and Aquaman (July 27, 2018), before Justice League Part 2 hits theaters on June 14, 2019.
Kiersey Clemons made her feature film debut in Dope last summer, after appearing in episodes of Shake It Up and Austin & Ally. She has also had recurring roles on CBS' Extant and Amazon's Transparent, along with a recent guest-starring stint on Fox's New Girl. On the big screen, she recently starred in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and she also stars in the upcoming Flatliners reboot.