Janelle Monae revealed that she’s actively campaigning to play Storm in Black Panther 2 and has already approached director Ryan Coogler about the role.
The musician and actor who already brings the thunder to every performance revealed that her dream has always been to play Storm, aka Ororo Munroe, one of the most powerful members of the X-Men, should the weather-controlling goddess return to the big screen once more.
If Monae has her way, she’ll make her superhero debut in the long-awaited “Black Panther” sequel, as she has already approached the film’s director Ryan Coogler about the character stopping by Wakanda.
The two apparently met when Coogler visited Monae’s Atlanta-based recording studio while he was shooting the first movie and she was crafting her most recent album, ‘Dirty Computer’.
In a recent interview with Empire, Monae said: “I definitely have thrown it out there. One of my dreams has always been to play Storm. I don’t know if she comes in ‘Black Panther,’ but it would be a dream to have her in it. I don’t know where they are with that. A lot of women have played Storm and they’ve done an exceptional job, and I would love to be in that line of artists and get to do Storm justice.”
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Monae previously revealed that she wants to star in a “superhero franchise trilogy,” be it as Storm or an entirely new character.
Fans have long complained that Storm never received the respect she deserved, as much of her backstory, including her relationship with King T’Challa, whom she marries and then divorces in comic book lore, was never explored on screen.
In the wake of Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, the studio now controls all existing X-Men properties, which means it’s only a matter of time before Storm, Wolverine and the rest of the gang team up with the Avengers.
The details, however, on the “Black Panther” sequel are scarce, apart from its May 6, 2022 release date, which could be in jeopardy as Hollywood continues to shuffle scheduling over coronavirus concerns.