Shakira Barrera (“GLOW,” “Shameless“) has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ new Disney+ Series “Ironheart.” Her character is currently unknown but it is confirmed she will be a series regular.
“Ironheart” stars Dominique Thorne (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) as Riri Williams, teenage genius inverter who creates the most advanced suit of armor since Tony Stark became Iron Man. Thorne will make her debut as Riri Williams in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
“I was at home in Delaware and I got a call asking if I would like to play this role. It was the best phone call I could have ever received,” Thorne told Empire Magazine about her casting. “I was so shocked, in fact, that there was a considerable lag in the conversation! (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.”
Barrera and Thorne will be working alongside Anthony Ramos (“In Treatment”), Manny Montana (“Mayans M.C. “), Alden Ehrenreich (“Solo: A Star Wars Story”), Regan Aliyah (“BF for Hire”), Shea Couleé (“Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best” podcast), and Zoe Terakes (“Nine Perfect Strangers”).
Playwright, poet, and educator Chinaka Hodge (“Snowpiercer”) serves as head writer, along with Sam Bailey. Angela Barnes directs the 6-episode series. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” director Ryan Coogler will also be serving as a producer for “Ironheart.”
Anthony Ramos stars as The Hood and had this to say about the project: “It’s incredible people, Chinaka Hodge, Ryan Coogler and just, like, a dope squad… you know, Dominique Thorne… and I just feel blessed and grateful. I’m so excited… I used to be in the gym like, ‘C’mon, Marvel, call… c’mon, Marvel, call. Let’s go!'”
“Ironheart” will hit Disney+ in late 2023. We expect additional information to be revealed during D23 this week.