Marvel Casts 'Drag Race' Winner Shea Couleé In 'Ironheart'

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Clear the skies and the runway: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” superstar Shea Couleé is strutting into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and making past on the way.

The legendary performer, who precocious competed connected the latest play of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” has landed a relation successful the Disney+ bid “Ironheart” arsenic a bid regular, according to multiple outlets.

The upcoming amusement volition prima Dominique Thorne arsenic Riri Williams, “a genius inventor and creator of the astir precocious suit of armor since Iron Man,” per the authoritative synopsis. In comic publication canon, Williams gets a stamp of support from Tony Stark himself, giving her the tools and assurance to go his successor and a full-blown superhero.

Any further details astir Couleé’s relation are nether wraps ― including whether the entertainer volition beryllium appearing successful resistance ― but she’ll beryllium the archetypal resistance queen performer to articulation the MCU, which, arsenic we know, has a checkered history erstwhile it comes to LGBTQ representation.

“BEYOND excited to beryllium strutting retired of the Werkroom close into the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Couleé wrote connected Twitter celebrating the casting announcement. “Words cannot explicit however excited I americium to beryllium a portion of this astonishing project! Acting was my archetypal love, and I’m thrilled to beryllium doing it again successful specified a large way!”

BEYOND excited to beryllium strutting retired of the Werkroom close into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Words cannot explicit however excited I americium to beryllium a portion of this astonishing project! Acting was my archetypal love, and I’m thrilled to beryllium doing it again successful specified a large way! 💖https://t.co/QXGFfRrTqs

— Shea Couleé (@SheaCoulee) August 3, 2022

In a abstracted station connected Instagram, Couleé said that “stepping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been similar stepping into OZ.”

“Ironheart’ is apical to bottommost going to beryllium an perfectly STUNNING acquisition for the viewers, and I’m truthful humbled mundane that I get to enactment connected acceptable with immoderate of the champion and astir dedicated artists successful the industry,” she continued. “Thank you to everyone who has supported maine passim my journey, and I look guardant to sharing the breathtaking caller section with you all.”

“Ironheart,” which bows connected the streamer successful autumn 2023, volition besides diagnostic “In the Heights” breakout Anthony Ramos and “Solo” prima Alden Ehrenreich.

Ahead of the six-episode series, the titular quality volition marque her debut successful the forthcoming blockbuster “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

In the recently released trailer for manager Ryan Coogler’s overmuch anticipated sequel, Williams makes her archetypal quality hammering distant astatine a literal robust bosom successful a almighty homage to Iron Man.

As for Couleé, she has agelong expressed an involvement successful joining the MCU, fixed however she partially served arsenic the inspiration for the Marvel Comics quality Shade, aka Darkveil.

“I decidedly would emotion to beryllium formed arsenic Darkveil successful a Marvel film, the archetypal resistance queen to marque an quality successful the Marvel Universe,” Couleé told Fast Company successful an interrogation past year. “And she was based disconnected of me.”

“I would perfectly live,” she added. “I cognize successful my bosom of hearts, if fixed the opportunity, that Shea Couleé could present immoderate of the astir iconic combat choreography that we person seen.”

Couleé archetypal appeared connected the ninth play of the “Drag Race” flagship series, earlier going onto clinch the crown connected “All Stars 5.” She’s besides been featured successful Rihanna’s “Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2” runway show, successful summation to acting successful the Paramount+ peculiar “Dragging the Classics: The Brady Bunch.”

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