Huhwhatnow? Is this some giant misunderstanding? What's happening?
This month, I went to go see The Production Company's top notch production of How I Learned to Drive, at the Chandler Theater, which features the first stage performance from 15 year old Weeds' actress Allie Grant. She was fantastic, as was the rest of the cast (proving once again that The Production Company may not be capable of doing any wrong) but I came away from the evening with much more than a wonderful theater-going experience. I guess avid comic readers & fans of anything Brian K. Vaughan touches, don't regularly attend the theater in Los Angeles, but I couldn't help but audibly gasp when I saw this bit of information in the program.
I...wait...hang on...what? But...hang on. WHAT?!
Of course IMMEDIATELY upon arriving home I googled the crap out of this, checked imdb, checked imdb pro, ripped my hair out a little and ultimately came to this conclusion - the girl is smart as hell. She wouldn't put this in her bio in the program of her first ever stage production if it wasn't confirmed. She means business. (I considered that she meant the other Runaways movie, the band one, which Michael Shannon is in, but that's not produced by Marvel and I can't for the life of me find her name listed anywhere as a cast member for that film. So I'm assuming that throwing Shannon's name in there was someone's weird mistake when they went on imdb to edit Grant's bio. Right? Anyone have any idea?) Additionally, she happens to be perfect for Gert. Here's why:
Gertrude, often called "Gert" for short, is often regarded as the most "book-smart" of the Runaways yet also the most sarcastic and cynical. She has socialist leanings and although ethnically Jewish, Gert is agnostic. Gert is bespectacled and somewhat overweight, contrary to the typical notion of superheroines appearing physically fit and conventionally beautiful, making Gert unique among the heroines of the Marvel universe. Gert is known for her sarcastic one-liners, a pair of glasses, and brown dyed purple hair. She stands at a rough height of 5'1" and weighs 125 lb (57 kg).
It works. And gives me hope for the film. My worst fear is that Marvel will cast a bunch of actors in their early 20s, so the fact that apparently a 15 year old has been cast as a 15 year old makes me VERY happy.
So unless Allie Grant is secretly in Runaways, the band movie, and Runaways, the band movie, is secretly produced by Marvel or someone made one too many errors in her bio, I think this is some supremely cool news. If anyone can speak to the legitimacy here, please let me know!