Hugh Jackman gave his best performance yet for Wolverine’s send off in Logan, but fans have been equally enthralled by Dafne Keen’s portrayal of the young Laura Kinney, aka X-23. It’s incredible they found the perfect actress for the role, considering all of the necessary requirements: someone that was 10-12 years old, physically capable, Latina, bilingual, and not to mention good at acting. The character was a big hit with fans, so what’s next for the young claw-wielding mutant?
Before Logan‘s release, Mangold had already expressed interest in a spinoff for the character. The Deadpool side of the X-Men universe could be a fitting destination for the character’s appearance in an X-Force movie. Cable, the time-traveler set to appear in Deadpool 2, could also provide an opportunity to introduce X-23 at virtually any age.
Age is definitely an important factor, considering a preteen mutant could be a hard sell to studios and fans as a leading character. But, as we mentioned with the casting of Keen, there are several other factor to be considered. With that in mind, here are 15 Actresses Who Could Play Older Laura Kinney In A Logan Spinoff.
15. Anya Taylor-Joy
20-year-old Anya Taylor-Joy has burst onto the scene in the past couple of years, starring in the acclaimed 2015 horrror film The Witch, and more recently the hugely popular M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split. She also played the titular role in the sci-fi thriller Morgan in 2016. She clearly has an affinity for films with darker tones, so it would only seem fitting if she took an interest in portraying a character with such as dark a backstory as Laura Kinney.
Joy’s mother is Spanish-English and her father is Scottish-Argentinean, which provides her the ability to speak both English and Spanish fluently. And like Laura, Joy had a relatively difficult childhood and was constantly living back-and-forth between Argentina and England. According to the young actress, though, she doesn’t have to rely on personal experiences for inspiration. She’s gone on record saying that she’s an empath, meaning she can walk in a room and take on the energy of anyone or anything around her. That definitely seems like something that would come in handy when trying to portray a layered character like Laura.
14. Becky G
Rebecca Marie Gomez, better known as Becky G, is a 20-year-old Mexican-American singer who has just transitioned to acting. Her most notable role so far has been on the hit television series Empire, appearing in two episodes and also providing two new songs for the show’s soundtrack. While that’s hardly a resumé worthy of a titular role in an X-Men film, she’ll show her genre chops later this month when she appears as Trini –the yellow ranger – in the new Power Rangers movie.
There are countless singers that have made a successful transition from music to acting – Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Mark Wahlberg, to name a few, so the idea that Becky G could prove to be a credible actress is hardly a farfetched one. It is fair to say, though, that she’ll need to shine in Power Rangers, and probably at least two or three more feature films, before she can justifiably take on the role of Laura Kinney in her own movie.