‘The Little Mermaid’ Star Halle Bailey Debunks ‘X-Men’ Casting Claims

Halle Bailey responds to claims she is Marvel's Shadowcat.

Kitty Pryde Shadowcat Marvel MCU X-Men

Halle Bailey, who is set to star as the lead of Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, has addressed claims she is set to play Kitty Pryde in Marvel Studios’ X-Men reboot.

Marvel Studios is yet to announce any plans for their reboot of the X-Men franchise. Following Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s movie studios, the film rights to the X-Men have been returned to Marvel and fans are waiting to see how the mutant team will be brought into the MCU.

Recently, a rumor surfaced online that Halle Bailey had been cast as Kitty Pryde in the yet-to-be-announced X-Men reboot and the Little Mermaid actress has now responded.

Halle Bailey As The MCU’s Kitty Pryde?

Twitter user “@BaileyUnspoken” recently posted a tweet claiming Variety had confirmed Halle Bailey’s casting as Kitty Pryde. The Variety article included in the tweet made no mention of the X-Men.

Retweeting the claim, Halle Bailey quickly dismissed the rumor, stating “this is not true.” The blunt response leaves no room for doubt that Bailey has not been in talks with Marvel over the role of Kitty Pryde. With no X-Men movie even officially confirmed by Marvel Studios as of yet, it is unlikely any casting announcements will be made any time soon.

Patrick Stewart recently appeared in the MCU in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which saw him reprise his pre-MCU X-Men role of Professor X, though he was playing an alternate universe’s version of the character. Ms. Marvel also confirmed Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan is a mutant, making her the first character with potential ties to the X-Men in the MCU’s primary universe.

Here is the synopsis for Ms. Marvel:

Marvel Studios’ “Ms. Marvel” is a new, original series that introduces Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager growing up in Jersey City. An avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, Kamala is a Super Hero mega fan with an oversized imagination—particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel. Yet Kamala feels like she doesn’t fit in at school and sometimes even at home—that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life gets better with super powers, right?

The series stars Iman Vellani, Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Matt Lintz, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Fawad Khan, Mehwish Hayat, and Farhan Akhtar. Episodes of the series were directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, with Bisha K. Ali serving as the head writer. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is involved in the series as an executive producer.

Ms. Marvel is now streaming on Disney Plus. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the arrival of the mutants in the MCU, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Twitter