Rick Famuyiwa’s surprise departure from Warner Bros.’ The Flash was particularly disappointing news for co-star Kiersey Clemons.
During his time at the helm, Famuyiwa shepherded the casting of Billy Crudup and Clemons, who will be playing Iris West, the superhero movie’s female lead. But on Monday, the director abruptly disembarked the DC standalone movie due to “creative differences” with the studio.
“Rick was one of the main reasons I wanted to do the movie,” Clemons tells The Hollywood Reporter. “So him not being a part of it is obviously very upsetting to me.”
Clemons and Famuyiwa worked together on 2015’s Sundance hit Dope. Since then, Clemons has since appeared in the comedy sequel Neighbors 2, and she will be seen in the Sony Flatliners reboot. In a statement Monday, Famuyiwa explained his exit from The Flash.
“I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humor and heart. While it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come together creatively on the project, I remain grateful for the opportunity,” said the director in a statement to THR. “I will continue to look for opportunities to tell stories that speak to a fresh generational, topical and multicultural point of view.”
It is unknown who will take over for Famuyiwa, but The Flash is currently in preproduction and was set for a March 2017 start date with a release date of March 16, 2018 ‚ though those dates may be shift as the hunt for a new director continues.
Clemons notes: “All I can do is give it up to the gods. Let’s see what happens. Let’s see who’s going to jump in.”
The Flash stars Ezra Miller as the Fastest Man Alive, Barry Allen. He will appear as the Scarlet Speedster in the upcoming Justice League movie, alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.
The Zack Snyder-directed feature is due out in theaters on November 17, 2017.
“Ezra and I are going to do what we promised to do from the beginning,” Clemons says. “No matter who the director is, I am going to do what I think Iris should be.”