Last year, the Netflix original series Stranger Things hit the streaming service. The show was a clever blend of horror, sci-fi, and ‘80s nostalgia — one that made for an incredibly rewarding watch for those who love Stephen King and old school Steven Spielberg films. However, none of this would have mattered if the performances sucked. The fact that they were all child actors made it all the more crucial. Luckily for us fans, the performances were solid, and one of the standouts was Millie Bobby Brown, who had the role of Eleven, the young girl who was subjected to experiments all her life.
Similarly, this year saw the release of Logan, a film that saw the realization of Laura Kinney (or X-23) to the big screen. Playing the role of Laura was Spanish-British actress Dafne Keen. She gave quite the memorable performance as the silent, twisted mutant who managed not to get overshadowed by the amazing Hugh Jackman. Well, It turns out that one of the actresses that Keen beat out was none other than Millie Bobby Brown.
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Speaking with Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood for Variety’s Actor on Actors feature, Brown discussed her audition for Logan, and why she thought it was one of her best.
“It meant so much to me. I was filming Stranger Things, and I was like, ‘This is going to be amazing. I’m going to really prepare.’ Honestly, for me, I felt an actor in the audition room, hitting Hugh Jackman, and James Mangold sitting right in front of me.”
Of course, the role eventually went to Keen, but this is one example of the type of competition Keen was facing. It really goes to show the steady hand that was James Mangold and his casting team. Jackman, of course, was fantastic in the role as usual, but in many ways, Keen’s X-23 was the heart and soul.
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