LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Ezra Miller, (pic below) the troubled star of Warner Bros’ major upcoming superhero movie The Flash, is seeking treatment for mental health issues after a string of high-profile controversies, the actor said.
The 29-year-old, who has already appeared as the key DC Comics character in several blockbuster films including Justice League, was charged this month with felony burglary in Vermont, and earlier this year was charged with disorderly conduct following two arrests in Hawaii.
Those incidents – and further allegations of choking a woman in an Icelandic eatery, which did not result in charges – have raised questions in Hollywood over the future of The Flash and Miller’s career more broadly.
“Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment,” Miller, who identifies as non-binary, said in a statement sent to AFP by their representative on Tuesday.
“I want to apologise to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behaviour. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.”
Despite the controversies, Warner Bros earlier this month signaled it intends to go ahead with releasing The Flash, which is due in theatres next summer.
Filming has already been completed on the movie, which has a reported USD200 million budget. It is the first standalone movie for Miller’s character in the DC Extended Universe of inter-connected movies owned by Warner, a rival franchise to the Disney-owned and record-breaking Marvel superhero films.
Miller shot to early success with lead roles in acclaimed dramas Afterschool, We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.