Priyanka Chopra has become a household name in America since she became a television star in this year’s breakout new series Quantico. She even won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series for her role as Agent Alex Parrish on the show. This is just another accolade to add to an already impressive resume. The 34 year-old actress from India was crowned Miss World 2000 in London which launched her film career. She has been in many Bollywood films since 2002 and has become a star of her country. Priyanka even has a music career. Though her first song, “In My City”, which featured will.i.am, didn’t chart here it went 3x platinum in India. The first song to chart in America, “Exotic” which featuring Pitbull made it up to number 12 on the US Dance Club chart and number 16 on the US Dance Electric chart.
As previously reported Jason Momoa is appearing as Aquaman in this year’s highly anticipated movie Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and a spin-off Aquaman movie in 2018. A few months ago rumors were swirling about who would join Jason Momoa in the movie especially as Mera, Aquaman’s wife. These rumors included Warner Bros. wanting an ethnic actress to play the role. After seeing Priyanka in her music videos and recently in action on Quantico, I think she would make the perfect Mera and I have five reasons why.
I. Priyanka Chopra has experience with hero movies. She starred in the Indian film Krrish where she played the role of Priya, a journalist who falls in love with Krrish after he saves her from a hang gliding accident. When she learns his true identity, she tries to use it to get her job back after she is fired. Priyanka reprised her role in the 2013 sequel Krrish 3.
II. She and Mera are champions for a cause. Priyanka Chopra is an advocate for various causes including female education and the rights of women in India and around the world. She also donates to charities and causes that help children and medical research, as both of her parents were doctors in India. Mera was a princess from Xebel, a colony of Atlanteans who were banished for being separatists. She was sent through a fissure in spacetime to kill the Atlantean king out of revenge. It did not work as she fell in love with Aquaman. Despite their ways being on opposite ends of the spectrum, both ladies champion a cause that is very important to them.
III. The ocean is a world of diversity and so is the film world. In fact, the ocean covers 73% of the planet which means those of all walks of life enjoy it and use its resources. As far as film diversity, the cast of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice from which Aquaman will spin-off of covers various ethnicities. Jason Momoa is of native Hawaiian, German, Irish and Native American descent. Gal Gadot is Israeli with eastern European ancestry. Henry Cavill was born in Jersey, part of the Channel Islands and Jeremy Irons is British as well. Laurence Fishburne will reprise his role as Perry White. Not only would Priyanka add to the diversity of the DCEU, she would add to the great acting line-up as well.
IV. There will be a new global market for DC to market to. India is the seventh-largest country in the world and the second-most populated country in the world with over one billion residents. Priyanka is a huge film star in a huge global film market. By casting her as Mera, DC would open up a new market which would generate lots of new fans and lots of revenue just through promotion alone.
V. She has shown she can play the role of a strong woman. As a viewer of Quantico, I see how well Priyanka can play a strong, fighting woman. Her character, Alex Parrish, is an FBI agent who is falsely accused of committing a deadly terrorist attack in New York City’s Grand Central Station. She is on the run and attempting to clear her name. A role like this, combined with her experience in a superhero movie series in India, makes her the perfect Mera.
I enjoyed her as a musician but since seeing her on Quantico, Priyanka Chopra has become a favorite actress of mine. When the talk began of casting for Mera, I couldn’t help but think of her first. She has the beauty of a queen and the qualities of a fighter, which Mera is. Her accolades alone in India and now in America call for her landing a major role in a blockbuster movie.