Her name is Dafne Keen, and opposite Hugh Jackman in the latest Wolverine stand-alone spin-off logan, she is causing people to take notice with her film debut as female wolverine.
In the film, the approximately four-foot tall Laura comes under the guidance of Hugh Jackman's Logan character as she evades people hell-bent on destroying her in the violent R-rated film.
There are a few things about the talented Dafne Keen you need to keep in mind as you prepare to watch this incredible film:
While casting for the role of Laura, the flick's director James Mangold asked United Kingdom director Priscilla John to find a 12-yr-girl trained in martial arts, acrobatics and tumbling skills.
Ms. John searched through England and Ireland, and despite interviewing more than 500 kids, came up short. She then decided to widen her search to include kids residing in Spain, and that's when one of her associates remembered Keen and asked her father, Will, to record his daughter on tape.
"She's looking all around her, and (in her eyes) you could see she was devouring everything in the room," John said of the then 10-year-old's casting tape.
According to John, Keen had an innocence and vulnerability about her, and he was convinced that movie lovers would be smitten by her.
Keen has acting in her blood. Her British father, Will Keen, has appeared in a number of flicks including playing Michael Adeane on Netflix's The crown. He also played Thomas Cranmer in Wolf Hall.
Keen's mother, Maria Fernandez Ache, is a Spanish actress. She is also a director and writer. In 2015, she co-starred alongside Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle in Anti-Social, a British gangster film.
Keen is fluent in both Spanish and English. This skill was helpful in landing her the role of a pre-teen Latina mutant on the run.