You may wonder why I said “again.” It’s because this would be the second time Crudup has entered negotiations to join the project. He was previously cast way back in 2016 by then-director Rick Famuyiwa. But Famuyiwa left the project in October of that year, and Crudup hung on for a while but in the carousel of directors and script rewrites that followed, he eventually parted ways with the role.
Now, however, with IT director Andy Muschietti on board since last year and a script in place, Warner Bros. has circled back around to Crudup, who did actually already play Henry Allen in a scene in 2017’s Justice League. The timing is fortuitous for Crudup, who is coming off a recent Emmy win for his work on Apple’s The Morning Show. Actress Kiersey Clemons was also signed to the project by Famuyiwa in the role of Iris West, but, like Crudup, ended up leaving in the upheaval that followed. It’s unclear if the script still has a place for the character of Iris West, or if both sides are interested in restarting negotiations like Crudup, however.
The last few months for the project have been interesting. The Flash, once considered all but dead in the water, is now one of Warner Bros.’ project focuses, with news that Michael Keaton will be reprising his role of Batman in the movie, as will Ben Affleck. The latest draft of the script was written by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee, Birds of Prey) and will see Barry Allen go back in time to try to prevent the murder of his mother in an act that will mess with his own timeline and affect others.
Production is slated to start next year in London. The Flash is currently set to hit theaters on June 3, 2022.