Last year, Janelle Monáe (“Antebellum”) and Kiki Layne (“A Prince in New York 2”) said they were interested in playing The Storm in the upcoming “X-Men” films on the MCU.
And it looks like it will be a hotly contested role, as fighter Bianca Belair has also expressed her desire to bring the mutant to life.
For those unfamiliar with her, Belair is one of the stars of WWE’s Smack Down Division, a classic American wrestling event.
In an interview with Geeks of Color, the fighter was asked if she would like to play a character from the comics, to which she replied:
“I want to play Storm. I love the look and am dying to wear this uniform.
She went on to explain her choice:
“My husband loves superheroes and he’s the one who encouraged me to discover these stories. So he introduced me to all of this… since the first time I looked at the Storm, I loved its look, its history and its features. She’s calm, but when she gets angry, no one is up to her. She is strong, confident and loyal. I see myself in it.
So, do you think she would be a good performer for the character?
However, several fans are campaigning for Dominique Jackson to be chosen as Storm.
The trans actress, known for her role with Elektra Abundance in the acclaimed “Pose” series, has been the target of a petition demanding her participation in a future “X-Men” movie.
The Change.org petition has nearly 20,000 signatures and says Jackson “knows what it’s like to be an outsider and what it’s like to find strength in a community.” His journey has all the elements of a true X-Men: compassion, daring and leadership. “
“List Ms. Jackson will finally give fans an incredible portrayal of one of the most beloved heroines of all time. The X-Men have always represented marginalized groups in society. Non-Caucasian and LGBTQ + people still feel more oppressed than ever. Casting a black and trans woman as an iconic character would reach new heights, ”completes the text.
Jackson was very excited to learn about the petition, posting fan art that reinvents it under the name Storm:
“Talent is a blessing and brings joy to others! I really loved it! Keep doing this amazing job, wish you all the best! Thank you for bringing me joy! You make a girl feel special, ”says the caption.
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