As casting for Disney+’s Ironheart series continues, Marvel Studios is finally beginning to fill out the show’s behind-the-scenes crew. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sam Bailey and Angela Barnes will each direct half of Ironheart’s six-episode first season. Additionally, Ryan Coogler, director of Marvel’s Black Panther films, has boarded the series as an executive producer.
Bailey will direct episodes 1-3 of Ironheart after previously working behind the camera on Dear White People, Grown-ish, and The Chi. She also created the web series Brown Girls and co-created You’re So Talented, both of which aired on Open TV. Meanwhile, Barnes will direct Ironheart’s remaining three episodes. Her resume notably includes episodes of Apple TV+’s Mythic Quest and Start’s Blindspotting.
Coogler, who recently wrapped production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, will executive produce Ironheart through his Proximity Media banner. The company previously signed an overall deal with Disney in 2021 to produce new content for the studio over a five-year period. That includes an as-yet-untitled Wakanda series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other Proximity stalwarts, including Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian, will serve as EPs on Ironheart as well.
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Dominique Thorne is headlining Ironheart as Riri Williams, a tech-savvy 15-year-old who attends MIT and builds her own suit of Iron Man-inspired armor. Anthony Ramos, Lyric Ross, and Harper Anthony have also booked supporting roles in the upcoming series. Chinaka Hodge is leading the writers room and will also executive produce with Marvel’s Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum and Zoie Nagelhout.
Disney+ hasn’t announced a premiere date for Ironheart.
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