Keke Palmer in Talks to Join Marvel’s RUNAWAYS

     September 30, 2010

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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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