A pair of casting moves fills the roles and costumes equally well, as 20th Century Fox is close to a deal with Halle Berry to star as Storm and has inked Rebecca Romijn-Stamos to take on Mystique in “X-Men.”
Bryan Singer is helming the pic, which is based on the bestselling Marvel Comics series about the X-Men, a team of genetic mutants with superhero powers.
Lauren Shuler-Donner is producing the pic, which was written by Ed Solomon and Chris McQuarrie. Shooting is slated to begin in September.
Berry and Romijn-Stamos are the latest additions to a cast that already includes Ian McKellen (Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Dougray Scott (Wolverine) and Anna Paquin (Rogue).
Berry would play X-Men member Storm, whose uses her mutant ability to control the weather, summoning hurricane-force winds, rain and bolts of lightning.
Berry last starred in (and co-produced) the HBO biopic “Dorothy Dandridge.” Her other credits include Fox’s “Bulworth,” Warners’ “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” and the ABC telepic “The Wedding.” Berry is repped by CAA.
Model-turned-actress Romijn-Stamos will take on Mystique, a blue-skinned villainess who is able to change shapes into anyone she’s seen. Romijn-Stamos made her feature debut in New Line’s current release “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.”