The Flash movie gets Dope director

The Flash has found a replacement for Seth Grahame-Smith

The Flash

Ever since Seth Grahame-Smith departed Warner Bros’ feature-length film adaptation of The Flash due to ‘creative differences’, the search has been on for a replacement director. Now, it would appear that this search has reached its conclusion, with Deadline reporting that Rick Famuyira is the man who has been chosen to step into the hotseat.

According to the report, Famuyira – who is best known for directing Sundance festival favourite Dope, acclaimed HBO drama Confirmation and the likes of Our Family Wedding, The Wood and Brown Sugar – will be the latest director to join Warner Bros’ big-screen universe. Whether he will be working from the original script penned by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller is unclear, but since it isn’t due out until March 2017 they have plenty of time to decide.

The Flash Rick Famuyira
Rick Famuyira has been pinpointed as The Flash’s new director

Having mainly been involved in indie dramas to date, this represents a big step up for Famuyira in terms of budget and media focus, but considering the strength of his previous output we have faith in him. Indeed, considering DC’s most recent director choices – David Ayer and Michelle McLaren especially – we view him as a solid replacement.

Thus far, the only other cast member to be confirmed is Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, who will follow in the footsteps of past (and indeed, present) Scarlet Speedsters John Wesley Shipp and Grant Gustin. Considering the success of The CW’s series he has a lot to live up to, but then, he’s already proven himself more than capable via film-stealing turns in City Island, We Need To Talk About Kevin and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, so we’re sure he’ll be fine.

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