The role of the X-Men leader Storm is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after superhero roles in Hollywood. Now, If Beale Street Could Talk star KiKi Layne has said that she is "actively" campaigning for the gig—even though no plans for the character have been officially unveiled just yet.
While the Fox-Disney deal that could bring Storm and the rest of the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe just months away from closing, Marvel Studios could be looking to cast its first Storm in the relatively near future. While Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been coy regarding the X- characters and their inclusion in the MCU going forward, that hasn't stopped Layne from trying to become the MCU's first Ororo Munroe, as the actress and her agency are actively pursuing the role.
In a new interview with Variety during the Critics' Choice Awards, Layne revealed that she's come to realize she's able to "say something" with the projects she chooses, and she wants to say something with the weather-controlling X-Men leader.
"She was an image of myself, of a powerful chocolate black woman, and I just think that’s an amazing image to have and I really want to play Storm," Layne said.
And Layne isn't simply hoping to play Storm, she's already "actively plotting" how to secure the gig along with her agents and managers.
It's worth noting that Marvel Studios likes to secure up-and-coming talent for its films, and Layne, who is coming off of the critically-acclaimed Beale Street, certainly fits that category.While that doesn't guarantee that anything will come of her campaigning, she could very well be on Marvel's radar.
In the past, Storm has been played by Halle Barry, who portrayed the character in four X-Men films. More recently, Alexandra Shipp portrayed Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to repirse her role in Dark Phoenix. It's expected that most of the X-Men will be recast.
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Layne can currently be seen in If Beale Street Could Talk, which has been up for numerous awards this season, including a Best Picture nomination at the Golden Globes and a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America. She can next be seen in Native Son from director Rashid Johnson, as well as director Rupert Wyatt's Captive State.
Written and directed by X-franchise veteran Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain. The film is scheduled to be released on June 7.