‘Black Panther’ Test Footage Reveals Dominique Thorne’s Shuri Audition

Dominique Thorne was almost Shuri!

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New test footage from the first Black Panther movie shows off Dominique Thorne’s Shuri audition.

Dominique Thorne made her debut as Riri Williams AKA Ironheart during Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but the 25-year-old actress almost played a different Marvel Cinematic Universe character. The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever episode of Marvel Studios Assembled shows Thorne auditioning for the role of Shuri alongside the late Chadwick Boseman. Check it out below.

The test footage of Dominique Thorne as Shuri shows the rising actress bringing energy and life to the fan-favorite character with her comedic timing. Thorne also showcases her ability to bring an African accent to the character, which was a key part of the MCU’s representation of the Wakandan people.

Riri Williams is returning in the Ironheart series

Ironheart follows Riri Williams, a brilliant MIT student who creates the most advanced suit of armor since the one worn by Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man. Thorne made her first appearance as Ironheart in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is now available on the Disney Plus streaming service.

Chinaka Hodge is the head writer of the Ironheart series while Sam Bailey and Angela Barnes serve as directors. Hodge is also executive producing the project alongside Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Zoie Nagelhout and Kevin Feige.

The cast of Ironheart also includes Jim Rash, Lyric Ross, Harper Anthony, Manny Montana, Alden Ehrenreich, Shea Couleé, Zoe Terakes, Regan Aliyah, Shakira Barrera, Sonia Denis, Paul Calderón and Rashida “Sheedz” Olayiwola.

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.