Twenty-two year old Ezra Miller has been cast as The Flash in the 2018 movie.
Here’s what you need to about him.
1. He’s Playing the Flash in the First Movie of Its Kind
In 2018, he will play the titular role of the DC Comic character.
According to Cinema Blend, this is the “first live-action feature film version of Barry Allen, better known to most as The Flash.
2. He Said He’s Queer
In 2012, he told Out magazine, “I’m queer. I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular. I’ve been trying to figure out relationships, you know?”
In the interview above, with ABC, he responded to what he said. “I think at this point in our world, we’ve got a really confused idea of the way gender and sexuality works…And I guess I identify as queer.”
According to Buzzfeed, this makes him “the first out LGBT actor to play a major superhero in a feature film.”
3. He’s From Jersey & Dropped Out of High School
He attended the Hudson School, a prestigious school in Hoboken, N.J, and dropped out at 16.
“But New Jersey was actually a very cold place. There was such an intense concentration of wealth, and such a low concentration of any actual human happiness. A lot of people seem to be similar to the kid in school, which is doing a lot of things with no direct consequence to their joy, or their lives,” he told Interview.
4. He Was Pulled Over for Pot During ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’
He was in the coming-of-age film opposite Logan Lerman and Emma Watson.
It is based on a YA novel, one which he had read in high school. “…I read the book when I was 14 years old, and was a confused young adolescent and needed a book like that to pull me through. It’s a crazy thing to then, four years later, be able to be a part of the film,” he told Collider.
During the shoot, he was pulled over by Pittsburgh police, and fined for being in possession of 20 grams of marijuana.
When asked about the drug’s legalization, he told the Daily Beast, “It does seem like a fantastic idea, not only for its curative properties, but some of the strongest bridges in Asia are built of hemp, you can put it in granola, endlessly useful stuff. At this point, it does seem a little silly that we can’t keep some in the ol’ backyard!”
5. He Can Sing
He told Rolling Stone about his musical journey:
I started in opera as a kid, like with The Magic Flute, which led me to all of Mozart’s music. You know, you’re a kid who likes Mozart a lot, so people ask, “Have you heard Bach and Beethoven and Handel?” So I like all of those guys, particularly Beethoven. And then of course from Beethoven it’s a natural progression into David Bowie, which leads easily into Tupac Shakur, who unfortunately was killed, you know, around the same time as Kurt Cobain, who was one of my favorites. And I really like Neil Young. When those guys died in the early Nineties, it left us Neil Young carrying all the torches.