*After news broke this week that director Rick Famuyiwa was leaving “Flash” over creative differences, the film’s star Kiersey Clemons was particularly disappointing, having worked with him before for the Sundance hit “Dope.”
“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.”
While Famuyiwa was on board, he was responsible for the casting of Billy Crudup and Clemons, who will be playing Iris West, the superhero movie’s female lead. But as reported, the director abruptly announced his departure on Monday, saying his vision of the story wasn’t aligned with what the studio wanted.
Since Clemons and Famuyiwa worked together on “Dope,” Clemons has appeared in the comedy sequel “Neighbors 2,” and she will be seen in the Sony “Flatliners” reboot.
A replacement for Famuyiwa has yet to be named. “The Flash,” staring Ezra Miller in the title role, 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.”
“Ezra and I are going to do what we promised to do from the beginning,” Clemons added. “No matter who the director is, I am going to do what I think Iris should be.”