On May 27th, we will see Alexandra Shipp (Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B) in action as she will star in the highly anticipated 20th Century Fox prequel trilogy, X-Men: Apocalypse. Shipp will portray a young and troubled version of the mutant superhero Storm, one of the most interesting characters of the franchise. In the past, Storm was always a force for good in the battle between Professor X’s team and the Brotherhood of Mutants, but evidently X-Men: Apocalypse will be adding a bit of darkness to the character’s history that will add a slight difference from the Storm character that was portrayed by Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry from 2003 – 2014.
Berry made her debut with the franchise in 2000’s X-Men as one of Professor Xavier’s original students and a member of the main X-Men team, and continued to play a major role in X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
“I want to give girls an accurate representation of a powerful black woman. Halle Berry did such a great job that I felt the fear of living up to her Storm. But I also felt the fear of living up to my own nerdy expectations. I’m a fan of X-Men. I grew up on the cartoons. I grew up reading the comics. I wanted to do that right. I wasn’t sleeping, just going over my Arabic and my Kenyan accent all the time. I wanted to make sure that girls who see this movie, young girls of any race or color, are excited by Storm and the way I portrayed her.” – Alexandra Shipp
X-Men: Apocalypse is directed by Bryan Singer, with a screenplay by Simon Kinberg from a story conceived by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. The film will also star James McAvoy as Charles Xaver, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Lucas Till as Havok and newcomers Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Ben Hardy as Angel, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Olivia Munn as Psylocke and Lana Condor as Jubilee. Oscar Isaac is starring as the film’s main antagonist.Check out Shipp in the newly released “Storm” Power piece for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse below: