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Could Lucas Cruikshank Be One Of Marvel’s Runaways?

On the heels of news that True Jackson, VP, star Keke Palmer was offered a role in Marvel’s Runaways comes word that YouTube sensation Lucas Cruikshank auditioned for a part in the adaptation.

The 17-year-old comedic actor, whose high-pitched Fred Figglehorn character appeared in a series of online videos and the made-for-TV Fred: The Movie, told MovieWeb that he auditioned for a role in Runaways, but didn’t reveal which role.

“Oh, my gosh! I want to be in that! Yeah,” Cruikshank said. “Those comic books are awesome. So that would be sweet. I auditioned for that a couple months ago, but I don’t know. It was a really fun audition. So I will just wait and see what happens.”

The most likely part of Cruikshank is, of course, Chase Stein, the reckless, and occasionally obnoxious, son of mad scientists and pilot of the team’s transport ship The Leapfrog.

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.

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


  • Evil_S2003

    I have no interest in the Runaways, never read the comics and never wanted to. But to see this kid in something different than his Fred character would be interesting.

  • Summer

    I don't know how I'd feel about him as Chase.

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  • Ultras28

    well it's good thing a person like you–who has no interest in the movie or comic–has shared his opinion. That's the problem with postings. You cannot have an opinion unless you know what you're talking about.

  • uh-uh

    I have to say, he does *not* fit the Chase archetype. Chase is a little more solid (he IS a lacrosse player after all) and a little less pretty.

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  • Duskknight45

    Ok, I am definitely seeing this movie now. I loved the comics and I love the two people I've heard may be in the movie adaptation.

  • Summer

    That's a little cold, don't you think? I mean, sure, he's not talking about the movie, but is wanting to see an actor one is familiar with do something different such a crime? Besides, this could be the thing that gets Evil_S2003 into comics. Try not to be such an elitist jerk next time.

  • Philip A Moore

    I hope this is true Fred looks very much the part of chase and he would do the part well and is close to perfect as they will find

  • Personamanx

    Eh, he auditioned. That's all at this point. I don't think he'll get it and to be honest I don't think I would want to. He could look the part with some work but I don't think anyone knows his real acting potential.

  • Cruellama21

    I'd like to beat that kid with a pillowcase full of doornobs.

  • Summer

    Me too, darling. Me too.

  • demoncat_4

    if he gets ichase. it will make the movie more worth seeing mostly to see Lucas prove his acting chops. we shall learn the cast when marvel is ready to reveal it. if nothing else lucas would be good for speedball in a new warriors movie

  • waxlion

    I'd say Chase is still fairly pretty. That makes his dynamic with Gert more interesting.

  • Skapunkboi19

    i'm kinda on the fence about this, i think it be a way to draw in people who don't know of or like Runaways but who like the Fred character and it be a way to show some range, but i also what Johnny Simmons(Young Neil in Scott Pilgrim) to play Chase cause i think he'd be awesome as him.

  • Kaanon MacFarlane

    Looks like Chase to me.

  • HG

    I would rather see Hunter Parrish (Silas from Weeds) in this role.

  • Kevin

    Wow. Seeing “Fred” as a superhero would take some major revamping. He would have to bulk up and something would definitely have to be done about the voice.

  • Moovqueen87

    Induce vomiting now. Oh, as Chase? Vomiting some more.

  • Trentgamebeast

    he dose not seem like chase in a way at all i’m not saying he’s bad but hes just no chase

  • Dandan

    he looks too wholesome