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‘Dope’ Director Rick Famuyiwa Helms DC Extended Universe’s ‘The Flash’

Nigerian-American director Rick Famuyiwa makes a departure from signature films 'Dope' and 'Brown Sugar.'

Though it seems far away—2018 is stacking up to be LIT in the Marvel and DC Comics universes.


First we heard news about the stellar, mostly black cast slated for Marvel’s Black Panther. Now there’s word from the Hollywood Reporter that Nigerian-American director Rick Famuyiwa, who most recently directed HBO’s Confirmation starring Kerry Washington, has signed on to steer Warner Bros. Picture’s production of The Flash—an installment of  DC Extended Universe (DCEU) or media arm of DC Comics.

A clash of creative direction for the film, and Famuyiwa’s 2015 breakout, coming-of-age film Dope, which received nods at the Sundance Film Festival, paved the way for his entry. He replaces Seth Grahame-Smith.

Famuyiwa has a knack for drawing from his youth in Inglewood, California as a hip-hop loving blerd (black nerd), and translating that experience for the silver screen in Dope and classics like The Wood and Brown Sugar.

Helming The Flash is quite a departure from what we’ve grown to expect from Famuyiwa, so it should be interesting to see the accomplished director bring “the fastest man alive” (starring Ezra Miller) to life.

The Flash bolts into theaters March 16, 2018.

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