The Flash
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The standalone Flash movie has taken a backseat to Warner Bros's other big projects – Justice League and Wonder Woman. But while the speedster superhero will appear in ensemble movie Justice League, played by Ezra Miller, Flash's standalone movie is picking up steam.

A new report by Variety asserts that director Rick Famuyiwa might have found the lead actress to star opposite Miller in the superhero film. According to sources, Kiersey Clemons from Famuyiwa's critically acclaimed movie Dope, might be playing the female lead in The Flash.

Although the report didn't explicitly mention the character Clemons could play in the DC movie, insiders believe that the 22-year-old actress will bag the role of Iris West the journalist friend of Barry Allen – Flash's real identity.

While the news is yet to be officially confirmed by Warner Bros, Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit claims there might be some competition in the casting of the superhero movie's female lead. According to him, British songstress Rita Ora and Sing Street breakout Lucy Boynton are the other top contenders for the role, which is played by Candice Patton in the CW TV series, The Flash.

Miller is set to team-up with Ray Fisher's Cyborg in the movie, according to reports. Warner Bros has placed great faith in director Famuyiwa, who stepped in to helm The Flash movie after Seth Grahame-Smith dropped out due to creative differences. Filming is expected to begin sometime this year for the movie to meet its anticipated 2018 release date.