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Alexandra Shipp Has been Cast as Storm in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Alexandra Shipp Has been Cast as Storm in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

The last 12 months for Alexandra Shipp have certainly been busy for the young actress. After starring as Aaliyah in Lifetime’s contentious biopic, and then starring in VH1’s “Drumline” sequel, Shipp has now been cast as Storm, in the next “X-Men” movie – “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

Director Bryan Singer shared the news via Twitter this evening, as you can see immediately below.

You might recall, when, last September, “X-Men” writer Simon Kinberg answered fan questions about the recent “Days of Future Past,” as well as the next installment in the franchise, “Apocalypse,” revealing that “first-wave” characters like Storm (as played by Halle Berry thus far) would have to be recast in the next film.

“It’d be very hard to do, because Halle, Famke, and Jimmy and others have done such wonderful jobs of bringing those characters to life,” said Kinberg. “But I also would have said before ‘First Class’ that there would be no actors who can stand alongside Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart.”

“Apocalypse” will focus mostly on the generation of X-Men introduced in “X-Men: First Class” – essentially, younger versions of Mystique (as played by Jennifer Lawrence), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy). Hence Shipp playing a younger version of Storm, to match the others.

So, meet your next Storm – Alexandra Shipp.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” is set for a 2016 release.”

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