Dominique Thorne breaks her silence on landing the role of Ironheart

By Stephen Ippolito | February 10th, 2021

One of the many things announced during Disney’s Investor Day presentation in December was that an Ironheart series was in development for Disney+. It was also announced that actress Dominique Thorne had been cast as Riri Williams (aka Ironheart).

Recently, caught up with Thorne to talk about her new movie Judas and the Black Messiah. During the interview, she was asked about landing the role for the Marvel Studios’ produced series and if she had known about the character before being cast.

“Absolutely. I think my mother might disown me if I didn’t,” said Thorne when asked if she was aware of the comic beforehand. “It’s very much a Marvel household. I did know about Ironheart before I was approached with the role. So it was it was an awe, inspiring moment to think that I would be chosen to portray this woman and to bring her to the screen in this way. So yeah.”

For those that are unfamiliar with Ironheart, she is relatively new to Marvel Comics (2016). Riri Williams is basically a young female version of Tony Stark’s Iron Man. She’s a tech genius who creates her own advanced suit of armor. Unlike Stark, she does not come from wealth, and her childhood was full of many tragic events.

During the interview, Thorne was asked about what drew her to the role.

“For me, at this point, it’s really about the story. That’s what many of us who enter into this profession think. What draws you in is the the ability to tell stories that mean something to people. In high school, the motto was to empathize, to empower, or to educate and so that is what I still abide by today. So hopefully, I’m involved in a story that is doing that. There are real people with real stories and real emotions at the center of it. Even if it’s not my experience or your experience, it allows somebody the opportunity to be changed; the opportunity to have their mind expanded or get educated in a new way. I think that’s one of the most beautiful and powerful things that this form is capable of.”

Other than Thorne’s casting, not a lot is known about the series. It is expected to be released on the Disney streaming service in 2022, so I imagine filming will begin sometime this year.

It’s been suggested that before she stars in her own series, Thorne could appear as Williams in another Marvel show, Armor Wars. It’s also possible that she could debut in any one of the 10 MCU projects slated for this year. So definitely keep your eye out for her.    

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