So we're going to run through this one more time! That's right, we're talking about the lead trio of characters that would need to be cast in an X-23 origin feature.
That brings us to the young trio of actresses that would need to portray the characters the rest of the movie centers around. Much of X-23's origin tale centers around Laura herself, Megan Kinney, and Kimura.
|Scary yet innocent.|
She'd need to be an actress that could carry the emotional conveyance as well as the style that Laura is known for.
|Standing against bullying.|
|"No popping foot claws today. I like these boots."|
Young women, still trying to understand life, face pressures and those that try and manipulate them into doing what that person wants. They use their names as props or notches. Trophies for them to tout of conquests. They direct them around with these thinly veiled abusive behaviors calling it love, but much like triggerscent itself, it's done in such a manner that it puts them between a rock and a hard place. Boys not understanding the true meaning of love over lust and thinking their demands matter more over another's life and happiness, their own right to choose freely, pull these stunts while perpetually stuck in the maturity of a simple middle school child no matter their age. Then adults turn around and condone this behavior. The exact people that are supposed to step in and protect others can't see the line or the difference in what sets these acts apart. You have one side about love and adoration that uplifts, and another that speaks of obsession and infatuation. Yet without having the maturity to see the difference, both sides are considered the same when they're not(we will be diving into this topic at a later date as it's a topic oft misunderstood, and sickening to see condoned). Adults that are supposed to know this line, look past it and consider this abuse cute and endearing. Their unthinking support and additional pressure can make young women even further confused on these subjects of what's acceptable behavior. Forcing these young women to lose themselves in the process. It further hinders their growth into what they could be and all that they could do. Their own accomplishments are ignored in favor of adding to these pressures.
These are many reasons why I lean on my personal actress choice for the role of Laura Kinney herself. Selena Gomez has seen firsthand how the world acts and reacts to these situations in her own life. Her own filmography speaks of a diverse skill set that covers a wide array of potential and shows she has the scope to handle this character on levels few could match. Her role in Spring Breakers shows a wide array of talent that covers a third of the spectrum Laura Kinney herself has. Her role in Getaway shows yet another third of the overall emotional spectrum and helps further her action movie and stunt experience. Her roles in Monte Carlo and Ramona & Beezus helps further how well she can handle the friendship and family dynamic that elements of X-23's miniseries Target X displays. Her role in Wizards of Waverly Place helped further her stunt work knowledge and special effects interaction acting while still also yielding a further example of an onscreen female bad ass. Her clothing lines present unique opportunities that also help mirror that defining moment for X-23 that Jubilee gave her while shopping in the X-23 v3 comic. She presents an opportunity for women to stand up for themselves and roar back to find and do what they want. Of course, all that is assuming she'd even be interested in such a role, as only she can make that call for herself on whether or not to audition for it if it were to ever come up. Though depending on the timing of when such a movie ever went into production, she also presents a unique opportunity to much later portray Dr. Sarah Kinney on screen as well due to how she stands to want to help uplift others. A symbolic turn(assuming an X-23 film is 15+ years away from ever being developed) that could easily represent her own growth from child star to world respected icon in her own right.
The next major role within the film is that of Kimura. The natural opposite to X-23's character. For this it's hard to truly pick who fits best. There's Naya Rivera who represents an interesting counterpoint to her character Santana from Glee where she's already much displayed the natural wit and sarcastic bite to the role needed. Granted her stunt training is marginally unknown as is her potential for acting within the confines of extreme special effects. There's also Mila Kunis who represents strong potential among the older range Kimura might need depending on how the story angle handled the aging factor to Kimura's abilities. She has a wide filmography and has already displayed her aptitude to this kind of role in previous forays that range from American Psycho 2: All American Girl, and Max Payne, to even Black Swan. She also has that sarcastic bite albeit differently than Rivera's to line delivery that'd potentially be needed.
Between these first couple pieces of the larger puzzle, the makings of a poignant and powerful piece of cinema could take shape. From it many discussions could be sparked, and it could lead the way in showing that young women are more than simply tools or objects. They have choice, lives, loves, and passions to pursue. They have just as much right to choose how they want to live their lives and should rightfully so cut out anyone that tries to abuse them or use them. They should rightfully so be able to remove those that support women batterers and those that treat others as objects or set pieces to promote ideals of non-existent perfection that bully for this reason of simply being different and able to choose to love and grow as they see fit while still standing up for others.
Everyone deserves that freedom of choice and that freedom to stand up away from those that want to do nothing but drag them down. It's truly that simple. Audiences are already here for strong lead women roles that prove you can be a bad ass and yet still a caring and compassionate young woman. Franchises like the Hunger Games already prove that it's possible if you maintain the heart and soul of the property along the way with the goal of simply making a good film that all would enjoy. X-23 represents a chance to showcase and discuss many issues, but she also represents a chance to give audiences what they want to see. The rise of a powerful young woman and her standing up for herself and family as any young person in general would want to do. She presents a chance to give audiences the flashy action they want to see, but yet also a heartwarming and heartbreaking tale that has soul and substance within. A character-centric piece that plays to all the strengths of what makes Marvel Comics great, but also plays to natural truths of the world all around us through the metaphors and subtext it carries within.