Batgirl has cast its Alysia Yeoh. Ivory Aquino (When We Rise) has scored the role in the movie at HBO Max from Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films.
Yeoh was created by writer Gail Simeone, who writes Birds Of Prey and Red Sonja while also being the longest-serving Wonder Woman writer, and has written for The Simpsons on TV.
Alysia Yeoh is the best friend of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, who will be played by Leslie Grace in the show. Ivory Aquino is transgender, and she will be playing the first openly trans character in a live-action DC movie.
Alysia was introduced in the first issue of the Batgirl series, when Barbara Gordon decides it is time to move out of her father’s home. Barbara moves in with Alysia, thanks to a roommate posting advertised on “Greg’s List”. Alysia, who is of Singaporean descent, describes herself as somewhat of an activist who paints during the day and works as a bartender at night.
In the comics, Alysia notices how secretive Barbara is at times, but says that it’s okay because she knows everyone has their secrets.
Once Barbara begins to share aspects of her life with Alysia, Yeoh finally shares that she is transgender with Barbara.
Later, Alysia joins an environmental activist group, where she meets female member Jo, and the two fall in love. Barbara moves out in order to start her life over, and to keep Alysia from worrying about her. Despite this, they remain close, and Alysia invites Barbara to her wedding with Jo as her maid of honor.
Batgirl also stars Brendan Fraser as the villain, Michael Keaton as Batman, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Jim Gordon.
Bad Boys for Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are directing from a script by Christina Hodson (The Flash, Birds of Prey).