Although her most recent comic book movie, Jonah Hex, was largely ignored at the box office this past weekend (and derided by those that did see it), actress Megan Fox is interested in starring in another potential comic book movie – a cinematic adaptation of the 1990s Wildstorm/DC comic, Gen 13.
Gen 13 was created in 1994 by acclaimed comic book team Jim Lee and Brandon Choi. The series revolves around five super-powered teenagers and their one-eyed (Nick Fury-inspired) leader, John Lynch, as they attempt to take down several corrupt American government agencies.
Fox is primarily interested in playing Gen 13 member Sarah Rainmaker. An Apache by birth, the peace-seeking Rainmaker can manipulate and control the weather, a la Storm from X-Men.
The character has attracted a bit of controversy in the past, as she was long believed to be a lesbian before later issues revealed her as bisexual in orientation. I’m sure fervent fans of all creeds out there have absolutely no interest in seeing Fox play a character like that. ;-)
With Transformers 3 no longer on her plate and the Fathom movie adaptation still in the script stage, Fox’s schedule is relatively open. There’s no word on whether or not any major studios are even considering bringing Gen 13 to the big screen, particularly as the series bears more than a passing resemblance to the X-Men franchise. It could be especially difficult to convince novices that Gen 13 is more than a cheap knockoff – especially since the youth-oriented X-Men: First Class movie will definitely reach theaters first.
As for the fact that Megan Fox is herself not a Native American? Well, she has admitted that “it would be a bit of a stretch – but if Jake Gyllenhaal can be the Prince of Persia, I think I can do that,” especially since she “has a little bit of [Native American] blood” in her as well. Take that as you will.
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