RUNAWAYS, which I’ve thought of as Marvel Studios’ “stealth sub,” is (probably) getting its first cast member - - Keke Palmer, the star of AKEELAH & THE BEE and Nick’s “junior fashion mogul” show TRUE JACKSON, VP. There haven’t been any official announcements yet, but /Film found out that the young actress was offered a role in the movie after she let this slip in an interview with Essence Magazine...
"I’ve had a nice little break with the steady TV show but I’m definitely ready to do some more films again. I was just asked to join a new Marvel comic project called, “Runaways.”
The question now is… which of the Runaways would she play? You’ll recall the descriptions from the open casting call that went up earlier this summer. Racebending has gotten Marvel to insure that Nico will be played by an Asian-American actress and Keke’s too old to play Molly… so that leaves Gertrude, Karolina or possibly Xavin, the Skrull sleeper agent. Which one do you RUNAWAYS and Nickelodeon devotees think she’d be best suited for?
I still think the fact that this movie’s going ahead, in itself, is quite intriguing. It’s sort-of a (pun intended) x-factor in the greater “latticework” that Marvel’s erecting for its movie world. The announcements for all this have been coming pretty steadily over the summer, but they’ve all been kept rather low-key. I’m not sure whether these kids are going to exist in the same universe that’s being revealed over the course of THOR, IRON MAN, et al. Should they? People are already talking about having trouble reconciling all the heroes in the AVENGERS movie. Additional, I wonder if this might open a watershed for newer Marvel characters and titles like, say, the Young Avengers and the Hood to make it to the movies. Should that be the case? Or should they get in line behind older characters like Iron Fist and Dr. Strange?