Ahead of the home video release of Logan, Dafne Keen's audition for the character Laura has been posted online and gives us an idea of why the unknown actor was cast in the key role. While Hugh Jackman has always gained praise for his role as Wolverine, the character hasn't always been shown in the best light. With this year's Logan, however, he was finally given the due he deserved. Achieving both critical and commercial success, it's difficult to pick out just one element that made the movie great. From the script to direction to the sparse but stellar cast, it has become the new high watermark for superhero movies.
Like Jackman, Patrick Stewart was also able to deliver his best turn yet in the X-Men franchise, adding heartbreaking new layers to Charles Xavier. Surprising everyone, however, was newcomer Dafne Keen. Casting a child character can always be a challenge, but Keen's Laura had to carry a lot of emotional weight while sparring with two acting heavy-hitters. That audiences walked away praising Keen as much as Stewart and Jackman is something truly uncanny. While Keen now has the promise of a real career ahead of her, we now have the chance to look back at where she started.
With the home video release of Logan coming up fast, Keen's screen test with Jackman for the character of Laura, better known as X-23 in the comics, has been revealed online (see above). Though not her original audition, the clip showcases Keen interacting with Jackman using their scene in the truck towards the end of the film—Laura's first time speaking.
The clip is also framed with interviews from the cast and crew, discussing how Keen actually asked to improvise the screen test and shift between English and her native Spanish. It's an engaging look at the actor, and shows why Keen was the choice for the pivotal role. There's been a lot of talk about X-23's future in the X-Men franchise, and it's hard to imagine Keen not coming back to the X-Men universe sometime soon.
In the meantime, the Blu-ray for Logan will offer a number of other exciting features for fans of the film and its franchise. For those who can't wait, a few of them have already popped up online. Most recently, we got to see a deleted scene involving a Sabretooth Easter egg, which teased the villain's history with Wolverine.
As for the long-touted black and white version of Logan, not only will it be included with the Blu-ray, but it will be heading to a limited run in some theaters. It marks an intriguing new way to view the film, upping its noir sensibilities. It will also allow fans to catch the powerful film one last time on the big screen. All told, it's an exciting time for fans of Wolverine.
Logan is available on digital HD starting May 16, 2017 and Blu-ray on May 23, 2017.
Source: 20th Century Fox