Marvel Casts ‘Drag Race’ Winner Shea Couleé In ‘Ironheart’

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 just lately competed on the newest season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” has landed a task within the Disney+ collection “Ironheart” as a collection common, based on a number of shops.

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 ebook canon, Williams will get a stamp of approval from Tony Stark himself, giving her the instruments and confidence to grow to be his successor and a full-blown superhero.

Any further particulars about Couleé’s position 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 publish on Instagram, Couleé mentioned 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, may even function “In the Heights” breakout Anthony Ramos and “Solo” star Alden Ehrenreich.

Forward of the six-episode collection, the titular character will make her debut within the forthcoming blockbuster “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

In the just lately 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 because 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 instructed Quick Firm 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 collection, 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 performing within the Paramount+ particular “Dragging the Classics: The Brady Bunch.”