The Stranger Things Star Who Auditioned For Logan,
Although Logan was Hugh Jackman’s swan song as Wolverine after nearly 20 years with the X-Men franchise, the movie’s breakout star was Dafne Keen, who played Wolverine’s biological daughter, Laura Kinney, a.k.a. X-23. Channeling the same animalistic rage Wolverine draws on frequently, Keen’s X-23 played off the adamantium clawed-hero wonderfully in Logan. But as is usually the case, Keen had to audition to join the movie, and among her fellow competitors for X-23 was Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown. Here’s how Brown recalls her brief time associated with Logan:
I was like, ‘It’s going to be amazing, I’m going to really prepare,’ and I sat in my room reading the lines. Honestly, for me, I felt so — I felt an actor, in the audition room, hitting Hugh Jackman, and James Mangold sitting right in front of me.
Millie Bobby Brown described her Logan audition process while being interviewed by Evan Rachel Wood for Variety’s Actors on Actors series. Even though she didn’t score the X-23 role, Brown complimented Dafne Keen on her performance, and she considers Logan to be her best audition. For those of you wondering what her worst audition is, that “honor” belongs to a Barbie commercial, which involved jumping up and down awkwardly.
Despite not appearing in Logan, Millie Bobby Brown’s done quite well on the acting front. After years of guest roles in shows like NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family, she rose to worldwide fame last year year playing the telekinetic Eleven in Stranger Things. Along with reprising Eleven for Season 2 of the Netflix series, Brown will appear in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. No details about her character in that movie have been revealed yet, though her parents will be played by Bloodline’s Kyle Chandler and The Conjuring’s Vera Farmiga.
Warning: spoilers for Logan are ahead!
Before Logan, Dafne Keen’s only other acting role was playing Ani Cruz Oliver in the TV series The Refugees. Now that the world has seen her as X-23, you can bet that she has a bright future ahead of her on the screen, big or small. When we last saw X-23 in Logan, she had watched her father die and helped the other mutant children bury him before heading off to find sanctuary across the border. Director James Mangold has expressed interest in seeing her return in another movie, although it’s unlikely she would appear in the main X-Men series.
Logan is now available to watch (both normally and in its black and white Noir cut) on Blu-ray and Digital HD. For the Millie Bobby Brown fans out there, you can see her next in Stranger Things Season 2, which drops on Netflix October 31.
Logan had a solid cast, but not everyone who auditioned for the third Wolverine movie made the cut. One Stranger Things star missed out on being able to appear alongside the clawed mutant.