Kevin Feige officially announced during December’s Disney Investor Day presentation that an Ironheart series will release on Disney+. The news came with the confirmation that actress Dominique Thorne will play the role of Riri Williams, a teenage inventor who builds her own version of Iron-Man’s suit in a university dorm.
Thorne broke her silence about the role last month when she revealed in an interview that she was aware who Ironheart was as she grew up in a “Marvel household”. She also stated she is looking forward to “doing a deep dive” into the character, as Marvel fans will expect her to know everything there is to know about Riri Williams.
In a new interview with Empire, Dominique Thorne went into more detail about the casting process for Ironheart‘s Riri Williams, which surprisingly, involved no audition at all.
It’s surprising to hear that Thorne didn’t have to audition for the role, especially considering she currently only has two acting credits to her name: her breakout role in If Beale Street Could Talk and the Warner Bros. film Judas and the Black Messiah. Marvel Studios has a proven track record for casting its lead characters, so it’s clear that someone saw something special in Thorne’s previous roles.
Riri Williams is a relatively new character in the Marvel comics, with her first appearance coming in 2016’s Invincible Iron-Man Vol. 2 #7. She was created in 2015 by Brian Michael Bendis, who also created Miles Morales.
Ironheart is currently in pre-production and doesn’t have a confirmed release date, however, it is rumoured the series will release on Disney+ in 2023. With Dominique Thorne’s casting already confirmed, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Riri Williams appear in another MCU project before her own series releases.