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Flash fans know what an important role Barry Allen’s mother plays in the life of the Scarlet Speedster. And it’s a character that will figure prominently in the big-screen adaptation being made by Warner Bros. and DC.
Now the actress to play the part has been found.
Maribel Verdú, best known to international audiences for her work in Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mama Tambien and Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, will play the key role in The Flash, which is casting up and prepping for a spring-summer shoot in England.
But at the same time as he gains mother, he is losing his dad. Sources tells THR that Billy Crudup, who was set to play the father role, has dropped out of the project. Crudup is also due to shoot the new season of Apple’s The Morning Show, for which he won an Emmy, and schedules conflicted. (Many productions are encountering conflicts when juggling tight schedules thanks to the pandemic, with quarantines on both sides of the Atlantic forcing crunches on actors availabilities.) The part will be recast.
The moves come as Kiersey Clemons, who has been associated with Flash through several incarnations, straightened her schedule and closed her deal this week. She is playing Iris West, Allen’s romantic interest.
Ezra Miller is starring as the Flash in the DC movie that will also feature Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as multiverse versions of Batman.
It director Andy Muschietti is helming from a screenplay written by Christina Hodson. Barbara Muschietti and Michael Disco are producing, while Marianne Jenkins is serving as executive producer.
Storyline details are being kept sealed in Allen’s ring, but it is known that it will involve alternate dimensions and time travel with the hero trying to save his mother from being murdered.
Verdú is a veteran of Spain’s film and television industry and has been nominated multiple times for the country’s Goya Awards, winning twice.
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