From Star Wars to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Solo star Alden Ehrenreich has just boarded the upcoming Ironheart series in the works at Disney+. Per Deadline, the actor has been cast in a mystery role with no details divulged about his character. He joins as well as main star Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, the young crimefighter who serves as a successor to Tony Stark’s Iron Man. Marvel has not yet provided an official comment on the casting news.
Chinaka Hodge is developing the Ironheart series for Disney+, though the character was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato for Marvel Comics. Along with Ehrenreich and Thorne, the cast also includes Anthony Ramos, Harper Anthony, Manny Montana, and Lyric Ross. Sam Bailey directs the first three episodes of the six-episode series with Angela Barnes directing the back half of the season.
Ehrenreich may be best known for playing a younger Han Solo, the character originally played by Harrison Ford, in the prequel movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. When that film fell short of box office expectations, plans to develop sequels were scrapped, though many Star Wars fans stand by the movie. He also had a main role in the short-lived Peacock series Brave New World and has appeared in movies like Blue Jasmine, Hail, Caesar!, and The Yellow Birds. Ehrenreich is also set to appear in Elizabeth Banks’ upcoming thriller Cocaine Bear as well as Christopher Nolan’s next feature film Oppenheimer.
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It was previously reported that Dominique Thorne will make her MCU debut as Riri Williams in the upcoming Black Panther sequel ahead of the premiere of Ironheart. Marvel head Kevin Feige said the idea was to have fans first meet the character before she spins off with her own solo series. Thorne has also spoken out about her casting in a previous interview with Empire Magazine.
“I was at home in Delaware and I got a call asking if I would like to play this role,” Thorne, who didn’t even need to audition, expained. “It was the best phone call I could have ever received. I was so shocked, in fact, that there was a considerable lag in the conversation! 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.”
There have been different animated versions of Ironheart seen in Marvel projects, but Thorne is playing the first live-action incarnation of the character. The Ironheart series is also one of many Marvel shows on the way at Disney+. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is coming this fall and fans can also look forward to the upcoming shows Secret Invasion, Armor Wars, and a Wakanda series.
Ironheart will be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four, but the series does not yet have a premiere date set at Disney+.