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Janelle Monáe Wants to Play X-Men's Storm

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A storm is brewing and her name is Janelle Monáe.

We all know the pansexual singer and actor’s talent is beyond versatile, but now she has her eyes set on perhaps one of the most legendary roles in the Marvel universe: X-Men’s Storm.

Of course, the role was played beautifully by Halle Berry in 2000’s X-Men, which basically started the trend of turning comics into big budget flicks. It was later played by Alexandra Shipp in X-Men: Apocalypse.

In a new interview with Empire, Monáe explained that she expressed her love for Storm to Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. 

“I definitely have thrown it out there,” she said. “One of my dreams has always been to play Storm. I don’t know if she comes in Black Panther, but it would be a dream to have her in it. I don’t know where they are with that. A lot of women have played Storm and they’ve done an exceptional job, and I would love to be in that line of artists and get to do Storm justice.”

Of course, Monáe isn’t the only actress within the LGBTQ+ community vying for a chance to fly.

Last month, a fan-led petition was created to campaign for Pose star Domonique Jackson to play the iconic role in the next X-Men film.

"If there’s anyone that could fill Storms cape it would be Ms. Jackson," the organizer wrote in the petition. "From fleeing persecution as a transgender woman in her home country of Trinidad to being a pioneer and leader for the Ballroom and LGBTQ community, Ms. Jackson knows what it’s like to feel to be an outcast only to find strength in  community. Ms. Jackson's journey has all the makings of a true X-men, compassion, nerve, and leadership. Appearing in the Emmy nominated drama Pose as Elektra, Ms. Jackson knows how to command any scene she walks into while also being able to deliver strong witted monologues off the top of her head just like Storm does before summoning a bolt of lightning. How amazing would it be to have Jackson deliver the same type of reads with the added power of lightning and thunder? It would be epic." 

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