The Marvel cinematic universe appears to be heading in a new direction, as it was confirmed on Thursday that RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Shea Cooley is joining the cast of her new Ironheart series.
Following news that DC would not release its $90m Batgirl film after producers pushed a politically correct agenda, Shea’s casting was confirmed on Thursday, though her role is currently unknown.
Comic book fans expressed outrage that Batgirl would not be released as planned on HBO Max, as it was deemed ‘terrible’ at test screenings, with film critics criticizing the main character of the film’s ‘Wok’ for its failures. Reason given.
New role: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Shea Cooley is joining the cast of Marvel’s new Ironheart series
Shea starred in the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and is set to appear in Ironheart as a series regular when it debuts on Disney+.
Sharing the news on Instagram, she posted: ‘I am trying to find the words to express my deep excitement about this project. Acting was my first love long before drag.
“So it only seems fitting to end my Drag Race journey and start my acting career in the biggest way I could have imagined.”
play! Rival company DC canned its $90m Batgirl film after producers pushed politically correct agenda
“Stepping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is like stepping into OZ.” Ironheart is going to be an amazing experience for audiences top to bottom, and I am so humbled everyday that I get to work on set with some of the industry’s best and most dedicated actors.
‘Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my journey, and I look forward to sharing this exciting new chapter with you all.’
Based on the comic book character of the same name, Ironheart follows Riri Williams (who will be played by Dominic Thorne) as a genius inventor who designs an armor suit.
How much? Batgirl was canned, despite already wrapping production at an eye-watering cost of $90million (£75million) (filming featured in Glasgow in January).
Dominic will make his debut as the character in the upcoming Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever ahead of the series’ release.
Other previously announced cast members include Anthony Ramos, Manny Montana, Lyric Ross and Alden Ehrenreich.
While Shea’s role has yet to be announced, Queen already has a connection to the comic book universe, as in December 2018, the Iceman series introduced a drag queen character named Darkweil/Darnell Wade, who reportedly plays several drag queens. The race was inspired by the stars, including Shea.
The casting comes just days after rival comic book company DC’s upcoming Batgirl has been canned, despite it already wrapping production at an eye-watering cost of $90 million (£75 million).
The decision to ax the film — which was to be released on HBO Max later this year — came after a series of test screenings by audiences, and studio execs thought it would harm the future of the brand as they streamlined it. want to do. DC Expanded Universe.
it’s done! The decision to drop Batgirl came following criticism from audiences at test screenings, although critics have pointed to the film’s ‘awake’ character as the reason for its failure.
The film’s untimely demise has inevitably prompted critics to point to the film’s ‘awake’ character as the reason for its failure.
The screenplay for Batgirl was created by Christina Hodgson, the British author of the ultra-feminist film Birds of Prey, which was accused by a critic of ‘hating men – all men … [and] Dull to the point of numbness’.
Batgirl also featured a transgender character, Alicia Yeoh, Barbara Gordon’s flatmate, played by trans actor Ivory Aquino. Critics say the impression is that of a film that puts its ‘progressive’ values ahead of all other concerns.
El Arbi and Fallah, who also directed Bad Boys for Life and Disney+’s Ms. Marvel, wrote in a statement on Instagram: ‘We are saddened and shocked by this news. We still can’t believe it.
“As directors, it is important that our work is shown to audiences, and while the film was far from finished, we want fans around the world to have the opportunity to see and embrace the final film for themselves. Maybe one day they will inshallah (if God wills).
The directors continued: ‘Our amazing cast and crew did a tremendous job and worked very hard to bring Batgirl to life. We are forever grateful to be a part of that team.
It was a dream to work with such brilliant actors as Michael Keaton, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Jacob Scipio, Corey Johnson, Rebecca Front, and especially the great Leslie Grace, who portrayed Batgirl with so much passion, dedication, and humanity. .
Breaking her silence: Batgirl star Leslie Grace says she’s proud of her hard work on the film after the film paused on Instagram
In any case when we were little kids, as big fans of Batman, it was a privilege and an honor to be a part of the DCEU, even if it was only for a brief moment. Batgirl for life.’
Batgirl was first given the green light in 2021 as part of a company-wide effort to make feature films for HBO Max.
It would have featured Grace in the titular role as she battles Brendan Fraser’s Firefly, who turns to a life of crime after being fired from her job, losing her health insurance and no longer caring for his ailing wife. Could.
A Warner Bros. spokesperson said on Tuesday: ‘The decision not to release Batgirl reflects a strategic shift in our leadership as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max.
‘Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of his performance. We are incredibly grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Hunt and his respective cast and we look forward to collaborating with everyone again in the near future.’
The filmmakers were told that the decision came about because of the ‘purchase accounting’ maneuver available to Warner Discovery as the company changed hands earlier this year.
Meet Leslie Grace: The Latina Actress Who May Have Played DC Universe’s Batgirl
Leslie Grace Martinez was born on January 7, 1995, in the Bronx to Dominican parents and grew up in Davie, Florida.
While in middle school, he recorded and released an independent Christian music album in partnership with CD Baby, but his mainstream debut came with his cover of the 1961 Shirrells hit Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.
As of 2013, her self-titled album peaked at number four on the Billboard Latin Albums chart and number three on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart.
Grace is nominated for Best Contemporary Tropical Album, Female Tropical Artist at the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, as well as Female Tropical Artist of the Year and Tropical Album of the Year at the 26th Premio Lo Nuestro.
In 2014 she received nominations at the Billboard Awards in the categories of New Artist of the Year and Hot Latin Songs, Artist of the Year, Female.
His acting debut came with the 2021 film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights.