Deadpool 2 saw the big screen debut of the mutants Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) alongside the Merc with a Mouth in his latest cinematic adventure. Many hailed Domino as one of the highlights of the film and praised Zazie Beetz for her portrayal of the luckiest mutant. Interestingly enough, Beetz has tried out for a role in the X-Men franchise before, and if things went a bit differently she could’ve ignited a Storm.
Yes, the Atlanta actress previously auditioned to play the younger version of Storm as seen in X-Men: Apocalypse. During an appearance at ACE Comic Con, Beetz revealed that she did audition for Storm and although she didn’t bag that role, she still feels that playing the younger version of the character would’ve been wish fulfillment for her:
“I mean, when I was a kid I remember in terms of characters people would always be like, ‘You should be Storm.’ I auditioned for young Storm, actually, and I didn’t get it… I feel like growing up I always had an association with her. I mean, obviously, because being a young black woman that was the one I associated with. But I think that would have been a little fantasy of mine to do that, and sort of a nostalgic thing for me to try. So yeah, I’d say Storm.”
Actress Alexandra Shipp ended up bagging the role in X-Men: Apocalypse and is also set to reprise her role in Dark Phoenix. Academy Award-winner Halle Berry was the first actress to bring Storm to life in live-action form in the first entries in the X-Men franchise. She was last seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Beetz’s comments are reflective of the perspectives of many black females who grew up admiring Storm as a strong black female superhero. If Beetz were to get that role, it would’ve been a great opportunity but the fact that she got the role of Domino was a great step forward for more diverse performers onscreen.
How do you think Zazie Beetz would’ve done young Storm justice if she bagged that role? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news about the X-Men and Deadpool.
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
Directed by David Leitch from a script written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick & Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy.
Deadpool 2 is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.