If ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ was the starting line, ‘The Flash’ starring Ezra Miller has been jumping hurdles ever since the race began. First, the actor’s portrayal of the Scarlet Speedster was criticized by many fans. Then, the Fastest Man Alive’s solo feature lost director Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the script based on a treatment from Phil Lord and Chris Miller of ‘The Lego Movie’. But Warner Bros. recruited ‘Dope’ filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa shortly after that departure and things seem to be going much more smoothly now. So with the major players behind the scenes locked in, the production can focus on bringing in the right people for the other side of the camera, starting with the film’s leading lady.
A number of sources are reporting that there are currently three actresses in talks for the female lead of ‘The Flash’, who is presumably Barry Allen’s best friend and eventual love interest Iris West. For starters, Variety shared that Kiersey Clemons is in the running for the part. Known for her breakout performance in ‘Dope’, some may also remember her from ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’, the award-winning Amazon Prime series ‘Transparent’, and the short-lived Steven Spielberg-produced CBS sci-fi show ‘Extant’. She’s also set to appear in the remake of ‘Flatliners’ with Ellen Page, Kiefer Sutherland, and more.
Following that report, Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter added on Twitter that Rita Ora and Lucy Boynton are also in the mix. Ora, who is primarily known as a singer in the UK, stars in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and its sequel as Mia Grey. She has also appeared in ‘Fast & Furious 6’ and ‘Southpaw’. As for Boynton, the young actress’ biggest role to date is the Irish coming of age musical dramedy ‘Sing Street’ alongside ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ star Jack Reynor and Aiden Gillen of ‘Game of Thrones’.
Based on these choices, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Clemons walked away with the role. Not only is she more experienced than the other two, but she has a connection to the director that resulted in a pretty solid performance the last time around. Although with Miller being such an odd choice for our hero, you never know who could end up opposite his version of Barry Allen.
What do you think about Kiersey Clemons, Rita Ora, or Lucy Boynton possibly starring in ‘The Flash’? Which one would you choose as the female lead opposite Ezra Miller? And do you think the role they’re vying for is Iris West? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.