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Keke Palmer Offered A Role In Runaways, But Which One?

Keke Palmer, star of Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP, revealed she has been offered a role in Runaways, igniting speculation as to which of Marvel’s teen heroes she might play.

The 17-year-old actress-singer made only brief mention of the movie in a recent interview with Essence, saying, “I was just asked to join a new Marvel comic project called, Runaways.” Unfortunately, no additional information was offered.

Created in 2003 by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, Runaways centers on six kids who discover their parents are super-villains known as the Pride. Fleeing from their homes, the kids band together to learn about their inherited powers, defeat the Pride and make up for the evil committed by their parents.

Of the four female Runaways, Palmer seems a likely candidate to play either the extraterrestrial Karolina Dean or the witch Nico Minoru, whose original casting description led to accusations of “race bending.”

The film, directed by Peter Sollett (Nick And Nora’s Infinite Playlist) from a script by Drew Pearce (No Heroics), is set to begin production in January.

(via Splash Page)


  • Duskknight45

    Hm, well I'm not against it and I do like Keke Palmer…so bring it on! :D

  • Summer

    I always thought that Mae Whitman would be perfect for Gert.

  • Meatbag

    Couldn't she play Xavin if they include the character?

  • Ericrocksmyworld

    She is not a good actress. Maybe she could be Xavin, so her bad acting could be justified by her alien nature.

  • Michael Norton

    I'd bet it's Npco, though considering the character is an asian-american, Palmer's tv co-star Ashley Argota would be more physically suited. Or Miranda Cosgrove. BTW, studios may as well ignore the whole “race-bending” thing. It's gonna get thrown at them no matter what. If Palmer is cast in any of the roles, even the white kids, people will complain she's black. That game is lose/lose.

  • Erphael

    I'm thinking she might play Xavin.

  • gabe

    gert would or karolina. I'm going with gert, the easiest to race-bend.

  • Skapunkboi19

    totally agree, she was awesome in Scott Pilgrim, and she really has the right look to play Gert.

  • Skapunkboi19

    I'd lean more toward her playing Karolina, cause i don't think i'd mind them changing her race as long as they keep her a lesbian.

  • 13thGeneral

    The following contains SPOILERS for anyone that hasn't read the books; I agree, she's most likely marked to play the female form of Xavin (the shape-shifting Skrull) that is bequeathed to Karolina, to unite their two people in a galactic alliance. Originally, Xavin arrives and takes on the form of a male human, but since Karolina likes girls (she admits to being a lesbian), Xavin then changes into a female form to appeal to her.

  • Kaanon MacFarlane

    She's probably Nico.