It looks like Kiersey Clemons will no longer be Iris West in the upcoming The Flash movie.
Warner Bros’ The Flash movie has had a rough go of it with numerous director and script changes. Fans of the Scarlet Speedster were beginning to wonder if we would ever see a solo movie for The Flash. The solo film was originally set to debut in 2018 with Seth Grahame-Smith attached to write and direct the film. The bumpy road in development of The Flash began when Grahame-Smith left the project soon after. Rick Famuyiwa, the writer and director of the 2015 film Dope and last year’s The Mandalorian, was brought in to replace Grahame-Smith as director, but he too decided to leave citing creative differences.
The most dramatic part of The Flash’s development history began when John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein became the new directors. Daley and Goldstein have experience in the world of superheroes, having written the massively successful Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was Spider-Man’s first solo film in the MCU. Ezra Miller clashed with Daley and Goldstein’s vision of The Flash movie. So much so that Miller decided to write his own script with the DC comic legend Grant Morrison. Miller didn’t agree with Goldstein and Daley’s vision for Barry Allen, he wanted a darker take on the story. This lead to The Flash losing its directors once again.
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The Flash movie now has Andy Muschietti attached to direct and Christina Hodson writing the script. Muschietti earned acclaim from critics and audiences alike with his remake of the Stephen King horror film IT. Hodson recently penned Bumblebee for Paramount and the DC comic book romp Birds of Prey, which hit theaters earlier this year. With a new director, The Flash movie is finally moving forward once again.
A New Iris West!?!
The Illuminerdi has learned that the upcoming The Flash movie is looking to cast a new Iris West.
The casting call indicates that they are looking for an actress 21-25 years old to play a 23-year-old Iris West. The character is described as smart, bold, always with a cellphone in hand. She’s an energetic, and perhaps over-caffeinated, tenacious cub reporter for the Central Citizen. She can be a bit over the top, but despite her idiosyncrasies there is something about her that draws people in. She is additionally described as having the fashion sense of Carrie Bradshaw and the smarts of Christiane Amanpour. The Central Citizen is described as a modern 21st century style newspaper, which is perfect for the stylish, bright eyed young reporter.
In the casting call Iris West is listed as a supporting character. It looks like they are looking for an actress who can play an over excited young reporter, but who’s able to pull it off in a way that is charming instead of overbearing.
Is The Door Truly Closed For Kiersey Clemons’ Iris West?
Kiersey Clemons was originally cast as Iris West for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but once Joss Whedon was brought on she was no longer a part of the film. However, fans were treated to a leaked deleted scene and stills from Justice League showing Clemons as Iris West. In 2018 while on Conan, Clemons told the talk show host that she was still going to be Iris West in the upcoming film. However, with this new casting call it looks like that may no longer be the case.
The multiple changes in direction and extended delays has meant that The Flash movie has been stuck in development for years. The good news is that this indicates The Flash movie is actually moving forward. That being said, things don’t look good for Kiersey Clemons. Based on this casting call, she doesn’t appear to be attached to the project any longer.
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