Clear the skies and the runway: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” famous person Shea Couleé is strutting into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and making historical past alongside the way in which.
The legendary performer, who not too long ago competed on the most recent season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” has landed a task within the Disney+ sequence “Ironheart” as a sequence common, based on a number of outlets.
The upcoming present will star Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, “a genius inventor and creator of the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man,” per the official synopsis. In comedian e book canon, Williams will get a stamp of approval from Tony Stark himself, giving her the instruments and confidence to change into his successor and a full-blown superhero.
Any further particulars about Couleé’s function are below wraps ― together with whether or not the entertainer will probably be showing in drag ― however she’ll be the primary drag queen performer to affix the MCU, which, as we all know, has a checkered historical past in relation to LGBTQ illustration.
“BEYOND excited to be strutting out of the Werkroom right into the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Couleé wrote on Twitter celebrating the casting announcement. “Words cannot express how excited I am to be a part of this amazing project! Acting was my first love, and I’m thrilled to be doing it again in such a big way!”
In a separate put up on Instagram, Couleé stated that “stepping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been like stepping into OZ.”
“Ironheart’ is top to bottom going to be an absolutely STUNNING experience for the viewers, and I’m so humbled everyday that I get to work on set with some of the best and most dedicated artists in the industry,” she continued. “Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my journey, and I look forward to sharing the exciting new chapter with you all.”
“Ironheart,” which bows on the streamer in fall 2023, will even function “In the Heights” breakout Anthony Ramos and “Solo” star Alden Ehrenreich.
Ahead of the six-episode sequence, the titular character will make her debut within the forthcoming blockbuster “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
In the not too long ago launched trailer for director Ryan Coogler’s a lot anticipated sequel, Williams makes her first look hammering away at a literal iron coronary heart in a strong homage to Iron Man.
As for Couleé, she has lengthy expressed an curiosity in becoming a member of the MCU, given how she partly served as the inspiration for the Marvel Comics character Shade, aka Darkveil.
“I definitely would love to be cast as Darkveil in a Marvel film, the first drag queen to make an appearance in the Marvel Universe,” Couleé informed Fast Company in an interview final 12 months. “And she was based off of me.”
“I would absolutely live,” she added. “I know in my heart of hearts, if given the opportunity, that Shea Couleé could deliver some of the most iconic fight choreography that we have seen.”
Couleé first appeared on the ninth season of the “Drag Race” flagship sequence, earlier than going onto clinch the crown on “All Stars 5.” She’s additionally been featured in Rihanna’s “Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2” runway present, along with appearing within the Paramount+ particular “Dragging the Classics: The Brady Bunch.”