Step aside, Millie Bobby Brown — there’s a new badass child star in town.
Dafne Keen is causing a stir with her film debut as female Wolverine clone Laura Kinney (aka X-23) opposite Hugh Jackman in the latest Wolverine stand-alone spin-off Logan.
Just over four feet tall and incredibly dangerous, Laura comes under the guardianship of Jackman’s Logan while being hunted in the violent R-rated flick.
Here’s five things you should know about Keen before (and after) watching Logan this weekend:
1. It took an extensive casting call to find her
While casting the young actress to take on the role of Laura, Logan director James Mangold tasked U.K. casting director Priscilla John to find a 12-year-old girl with martial arts, tumbling and acrobatic skills.
After searching through England and Ireland and seeing more than 500 kids, John toldVanity Fair she was coming up short. When she broadened her search to include those living in Spain, one of her associates remembered Keen and asked Keen’s father, Will, to put the then 10-year-old acrobat and gymnast on tape.
“She’s looking all around her . . . and [in her eyes] you could see she was devouring everything in that room,” John said of the casting tape. “She had an innocence and a vulnerability, and I said to James, ‘People are going to fall in love with her.’”
Soon enough, Keen was sent to the States to screen test with Jackman—and the rest is history.
2. Acting is in her blood
Keen is the daughter of British actor Will Keen, whose credits include playing Michael Adeane on Netflix’s The Crown and Thomas Cranmer in Wolf Hall. He also appeared alongside Natalie Dormer in the BBC Drama The Scandalous Lady W.
Keen’s mother, Maria Fernández Ache, is a Spanish actress, writer and director. In 2015, she co-starred in the Brit gangster flick Anti-Social, which also featured Prince Harry’s girlfriend and Suits star Meghan Markle.
3. The bilingual actress was only 11-years-old while shooting
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