‘In the Heights’ Star Anthony Ramos Joins Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’

Dominique Thorne will star as Riri Williams in the Disney+ series

Anthony Ramos (Getty Images)
Anthony Ramos (Getty Images)

Anthony Ramos has been cast in Marvel Studios’ “Ironheart” series at Disney+, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

“Ironheart” stars Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, a genius inventor who builds her own advanced suit of armor and follows in Iron Man’s footsteps. Thorne will first appear in this year’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

Ramos’ role is being kept under wraps.

Marvel Studios declined to comment.

In the comics, Williams is a Black teen prodigy attending MIT who builds her own suit by reverse-engineering Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit design. Williams is also a genius like Tony, if that’s not immediately clear. In the comics, Pepper Potts mentors Riri in a similar fashion to how Tony took Peter Parker under his wing in the MCU, providing her with resources and a suit AI.

Ironheart is a fairly new character in the comics, having only been introduced in 2016 and created by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato. Leading Thorne’s live-action series will be Chinaka Hodge, who will serve as the head writer.

“Ironheart” is one of many Marvel Studios series: “Moon Knight,” the studio’s sixth series for Disney+, will premiere on March 30. That will be followed by “She-Hulk,” “Ms. Marvel,” “Armor Wars,” “Secret Invasion,” “Echo,” “Agatha: House of Harkness,” two more animated series, and untitled “Black Panther” and “Shang-Chi” spinoff series. There’s also a “Guardians of the Galaxy” holiday special set for 2022.

Ramos starred as Usnavi in “In the Heights,” John Chu’s film based on Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes’ play of the same name. Hudes wrote the screenplay for the film.