Alexandra Shipp is sailing into yet another storm of controversy for a casting decision made in her favor.
First, as fans know, the young actress rose to public awareness on the hype (and subsequent jeering) of the now infamous Lifetime ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ film, produced by talk show queen Wendy Williams. And, while her performance in the role was generally unaccepted by fans of the late diva, the publicity of said venture appears to have done little damage to her rising brand.
For, as if filling those one in a million shoes weren’t enough, this week brought with it reports that Shipp will find herself trying on the ever-fierce boots of fictional Marvel ‘X-Men’ character Storm. But, like news of her portrayal of the ‘Hot Like Fire’ singer, the news has sparked a firestorm of debates on social media.
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Weeks ago, word hit the net that Shipp and her ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ predecessor Zendaya Coleman both tested to portray the ‘X-men’ diva in the next installment of the franchise. Well…we see who won the role.
After initial reports of the “young Storm’s” casting was met with disbelief, director Bryan Singer took to Twitter to confirm:
Fans were displeased with the news.
Fans of the film have long cried “foul” over the portrayal of the “Mistress of the Elements” as the film franchise opted to cast Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry to originally fill her boots (much to critic and fan chagrin).