Alexandra Shipp Responds To Rumors “If Beale Street Could Talk” Actress Plotting To Take Her ‘X-Men’ Role
“If Beale Street Could Talk” actress KiKi Layne is already getting rave reviews for her most recent role, and set to star in the movie adaptation of “Native Son.” But she, reportedly, has her eyes on the role of Storm in “X-Men.” At this past weekend’s Critics Choice Awards, KiKi told a reporter this about the importance of Storm:
“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.”
“We are actively plotting, actively plotting.”
However, actress Alexandra Shipp already scored the role of Storm. Apparently, Black Twitter has influenced movie executives to test the waters with other actresses due to the comic book character originally being portrayed as a dark-skinned Black woman. Alexandra Shipp, who once played late singer Aaliyah in the Wendy Williams-produced Lifetime biopic, is fair-skinned.
Alexandra tweeted about the possibility of losing her role to KiKi Layne. She said:
“I won’t ever bad mouth a fellow actor. I won’t ever actively try to take another hard working actors job. Y’all can keep trying to pin black women against each other but it won’t work on me, honey. Stay blessed.”
“Black twitter is so powerful. One second we’re trying to rally and define why our lives matter, the next we’re making each other feel like we’re not worthy of one. I’ll only spread and give love, no matter what tone my skin falls under. Bless up y’all ima go back to work x”
What do you think? Would it be fair for KiKi Layne to “steal” Alexandra Shipp’s role?
Written by Miata Shanay