According to Deadline, up-and-coming actress Regan Aliyah has been tapped to join Dominique Thorne in Marvel Studios’ next Disney+ series, Ironheart. Further details about her character are still being kept under wraps.
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Besides the Marvel Cinematic Universe series, Aliyah will also next be seen as a series regular in Netflix’s coming-of-age dramedy XO, Kitty, which is the streamer’s first spin-off to its popular To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before film trilogy.
Ironheart will be led by Dominique Thorne (If Beale Street Could Talk), who will be taking on the role of Riri Williams. Joining Thorne are Anthony Ramos (In the Heights), Manny Montana (Good Girls), Lyric Ross (This is Us), Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Zoe Terakes (Nine Perfect Strangers), and Shea Couleé (RuPaul’s Drag Race).
Riri Williams is described as “a brilliant teenager who, in the comics, built her own version of the Iron Man suit in an MIT dorm.” In the comics, she sometimes takes over for Tony Stark as Iron Man. The character the series is based on was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato, and first debuted in Invincible Iron Man Vol. 2 #7 in 2016.
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Ironheart hails from head writer Chinaka Hodge (Snowpiercer). It is being directed by Sam Bailey and Angela Barnes, with Ryan Coogler executive producing through his Proximity banner.
The genius titular hero is set to make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the long-awaited Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which will arrive in theaters later this year.