Keke Palmer in Talks to Join Marvel’s RUNAWAYS

     September 30, 2010


Actress Keke Palmer says she’s been asked to join Marvel’s adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s comic Runaways.  Speaking to Essence Magazine [via /Film], Palmer said,

“I’ve had a nice little break with the steady TV show but I’m definitely ready to do some more films again. I was just asked to join a new Marvel comic project called, “Runaways.”

Palmer current costars on the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP and she also played Akeelah in Akeelah and the Bee.  Hit the jump for a recap on what we know so far about Runaways.

For those who don’t know, Runaways centers on a group of teenagers who go on the lam when they discover that their parents are a cadre of supervillains known as “The Pride”.  While they’re on the run, each teen discovers they’ve inherited a special gift or ability.

It’s worth nothing that none of the lead teen characters in the comic are African-American women, but there’s nothing inherent in the story that should keep any character locked to a specific race.  It’s also possible that Palmer could be playing a character who isn’t in the books and is original to the film.

Here’s a brief rundown of what we know about Runaways so far:

  • British screenwriter Drew Pearce is handling the screenplay.  Pearce is best known for the UK comedy series No Heroics, which chronicles a group of superheroes in their day-to-day lives.
  • Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) is directing.
  • They’re planning to shoot in March in Los Angeles.
  • The project is going under the codename “Little Faces“, which, as /Film points out, is a reference to 1960’s-1970’s English rock-n-roll band which had a song titled “Runaways.”


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