Derry Girls Star Cast In Superhero Film ‘The Flash’

Image courtesy of Keith Ewing.

Acclaimed actress Saoirse-Monica Jackson is set to appear in DC’s upcoming film The Flash.

Best known for her portrayal of character Erin Quinn in popular Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls, the 27 year–old Irish actor has been cast in the upcoming comic book adaptation. Other actors cast alongside her include Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting), Michael Keaton (Birdman), Ezra Miller (Justice League) and Ron Livingston (Office Space).

The film will follow the character of Barry Allen (Miller), documenting the story of the crime scene investigator and superhero. The character acquires the power of super-human speed after being struck by lightning. The plot will reportedly be inspired by the comics’ Flashpoint storyline, which sees the titular protagonist travelling back in time to save his deceased mother—with disastrous consequences. It’s not yet known what role Jackson will play in the film.

The actress is currently preparing for the May release of her latest project, Finding You. The film follows an American college student’s blossoming romance with an Irish actor she meets while studying abroad in Ireland.

Jackson is also due to film the third season of Derry Girls later this year. Production of the show has so far been delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. When asked about the upcoming season, Jackson said, “We’re still waiting, because it’s integral to the show that we film in Derry. We can’t do anything in a crowd right now, so logistically, it’s tough. But I spoke to [series creator] Lisa McGee recently and she talked me through the storylines. They’re so brilliant, which doesn’t surprise me, but it made me want to do it right now. But hell or high water, we all want to make it work. If they said we could go tomorrow, trust me, we would all be there.”

Following the reveal of her upcoming appearance in The Flash, Jackson posted the news on Instagram. The post (which no longer exists) included the caption “*** screams of absolute glee ***”.

Production on The Flash is set to begin later this year, and the film is expected to be released in November 2022.

Words by Danielle Saunders

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