Alexandra Shipp made her superhero debut as Storm in the roundly criticized X-Men: Apocalypse, but if things went differently, that role would have been inhabited by Zazie Beetz.
Comicbook.com reports that at Chicago’s ACE Comic-Con, Beetz spoke about her admiration for Storm, which compelled her to audition for the role.
“I mean, when I was a kid I remember in terms of characters people would always be like, ‘You should be Storm,'” she said. “I auditioned for young Storm, actually, and I didn’t get it.”
Beetz conceded that perhaps the timing wasn’t right for her to play the character since Shipp had to shave her head. But it seems like if given a chance, she’d still love to play Storm in the future.
“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,” she said. “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.”
Beetz still went on to play a superhero; she’s made a splash as Domino in Deadpool 2. And since the X-Men are now back under the Marvel banner now that Fox and Disney have merged, who’s to say if another opportunity to play Storm could be in Beetz’s future? However, regardless of if Shipp or Beetz play the character, there will be another round of discussion about colorism in Hollywood, particularly within the X-Men franchise, since Storm is slightly darker-skinned in the comics than she is in the films. But for now, playing Storm is still a goal Beetz wants to fulfill.