|Lupita Nyong’o as Storm (Source: Mark Brooks)|
Will Marvel ever give the role of Storm to Lupita Nyong’o? Here are the most powerful reasons why they should.
Lupita Nyong’o has won an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave and many wonder what’s next for the actor. The Mary Sue asked the question of what superhero she should play and Jamie Broadnax of Black Girl Nerds started a petition asking for Marvel to cast Lupita Nyong’o as a new Storm for the next X-Men film.
Halle Berry has done an exceptional job with the role, but it’s time to pass the character on to a new actress. That actress should be Lupita Nyong’o. Here’s why.
1. Nyong’o is an Actress
She’s won a “Best Supporting Actress” role for her acting skills carefully crafted at Yale. She is a consummate actress, but hasn’t been in the industry long enough to become jaded or refined into a “Black Actress.” Nyong’o is still an actor and Storm deserves a true actor.
2. Storm is Emotional
Nyong’o gave an passionate and emotional speech at both the Academy Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is a woman of deep emotion and Storm is a woman of deep emotion.
3. Dark Skin
It doesn’t matter what type of skin a person has, but the reality is that Storm has darker skin. Nyong’o can show that women of any shade and color can be beautiful.
4. Nyong’o is From Kenya
In the comics, Ororo Munroe was born in New York, is the child of a Kenyan Princess and raised in Africa. Nyong’o was born in Mexico from Kenyan parents and raised in Africa.
5. African Accent
Storm is from Africa and no doubt has an African accent. Halle Berry famously struggled with her African accent. So, it was dropped after the first film without explanation. Nyong’o has a natural African Accent.
6. Storm is a Queen
IGN described Storm as “a thief, an X-Man, a fighter, and even a queen.” Nyong’o played Patsey in 12 Years a Slave with dignity and grace even as a slave. She’ll play Storm with the power of an African queen.
Sign the petition if you think Nyong’o should play Storm.
Do you think Nyong’o should play Storm in the next X-Men movie? If not, then who should?