This is pretty much old news, but it’s definitely still pretty interesting.
French actress Karidja Touré, who is best known for her breakout role in the 2014 Celine Sciamma film Bande de filles, Girlhood in English, has also been positioning herself for a career stateside.
Last year, while promoting Girlhood ahead of a U.K. release, Touré revealed, in an interview alongside Sciamma, that she had auditioned for the role of Storm in the upcoming X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse.
“I had a casting video for X-Men but they didn’t choose me,” Touré said. “It was to play Storm, but they chose Alexandra Shipp. That’s normal because she’s an American actress so it’s more easy for them. I was happy that they thought of me to do the audition so maybe one day I will play Storm in X-Men.”
Touré remains hopeful that she’ll snag a major role in an American film one day, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
“I wanted to act in an American movie, because when I go to the cinema I only watch American movies because in French actresses there isn’t any black actress I can relate to or recognise myself as,” she continued.
“There are no parts where I can say ‘Oh, that’s me’ that I can recognise, so for a black teenage actress in France it is sometimes difficult to take a character in a film and say ‘I will follow her in the film’. But when you watch American movies, you always have black actresses where you can say that ‘Oh that’s me!’ That’s why I am in love with American movies.”
The news is surprising given the discussions about colorism in the casting of Storm — a conversation which goes way back to Halle Berry’s initial casting. Early rumors had Zendaya and Alexandra Shipp as the main contenders for the role, so Touré’s revelation definitely sheds new light on the conversation.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27.