Shakira Barrera, best known for her roles in shows such as GLOW, has joined Marvel Studios’ upcoming series Ironheart, according to Deadline. No further information about the show or her character has been released. Barrera joins Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, a brilliant inventor who creates her own suit of armour. The character will make her film debut in this year’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Regan Aliyah, Shea Couleé, Zoe Terakes, and Alden Ehrenreich, the young Han Solo, round out the cast of “Ironheart.” The Phase 5 series, which stars Thorne as Marvel’s Riri Williams as the creator of the most advanced suit of armour since Iron Man, will undoubtedly play a role in the build-up to the 2024 film Thunderbolts. The series is directed by Sam Bailey and Angela Barnes, with Chinaka Hodge serving as head writer and showrunner. Ryan Coogler is also involved in the series as an executive producer through his production company, Proximity.
Barrera is currently starring in Sprung, a Freevee original comedy series that premiered in August. She previously appeared as Agent King in another Marvel series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Along with the release of Ironheart, she will also appear in The Knocking, a horror film directed by Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith. Ironheart is one of several Marvel Studios shows in the works for Disney+.
Other upcoming shows include Secret Invasion, which stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos. Echo, starring Alaqua Cox as the titular character first seen in Hawkeye, is also in the works, as are an untitled Halloween special and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, among many others. Ironheart has no set release date because the series is still in development. However, it will debut sometime in late 2023. .