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Dominique Thorne to Lead 'Ironheart' for Disney+ and Marvel

Dominique Thorne
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The actor will play brilliant inventor Riri Williams, who makes her own suit of armor.

Dominique Thorne is bringing a fan-favorite Marvel character to the screen. Thorne will star in Disney+'s Ironheart, a streaming series centered on the brilliant inventor Riri Williams.

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige announced both the casting and the series during a Disney investor's presentation Thursday in which he laid out Marvel's upcoming streaming and theatrical plans.

In the comics, Williams is a teenage genius who built her own version of the Iron Man suit in an MIT dorm. She debuted in 2016's Invincible Iron Man No. 7 and was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato. She quickly became a breakout character, and in addition to being the hero Ironheart, she has also taken over for Tony Stark as Iron Man for a time and went on to headline her own comic series.

Leading a Marvel series continues an upward trend for Thorne, who made her film debut in Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, and will next be seen in Judas and the Black Messiah, Warner Bros.' film about Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, which also stars Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield.

Ironheart is one of ten series Marvel will roll out over the next few years, and Feige has emphasized that the films and Disney+ shows will weave into one another. In addition to Ironheart, the new series announced Thursday include Secret Wars, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn, and Armor Wars, with Don Cheadle reprising his role as Iron Man ally War Machine.

Thorne is repped by  Paradigm Talent Agency, Viewpoint and Peikoff Mahan Law Office.

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