‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ Actor Was 22 – Deadline – .

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‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ Actor Was 22 – Deadline – .


Jonshel Alexander, a supporting child actor in the Oscar nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” was fatally shot Saturday night in New Orleans’ 7th Ward, according to multiple reports. She was 22 years old.

Alexander and an unidentified man were shot dead while sitting in a vehicle in the 1500 block of North Claiborne Avenue at around 9 p.m., police said. Paramedics pronounced Alexander dead at the scene, but the man went to hospital.

Alexander grew up in New Orleans’ 8th District on St. Claude Avenue.

At age 12, Alexander played Joy Strong in the 2012 film Beasts of the wild south, a drama that was filmed in Louisiana. The film explores a storm-threatened bayou community outside the dike system, and the children who inhabit it. Director Benh Zeitlin chose Louisiana natives for the lead roles, auditioning over 4,000 actors.

The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture.

Alexander was too old to play the lead role of Hushpuppy, which went to 6-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis. However, Zeitlin gave him the supporting role.

“We incorporated a part into the movie that was very inspired by her,” Zeitlin said. “A lot of lines were written by her, and a lot of the character arose out of who Jonshel was. Her character in the movie is called Joy Strong, which always seemed like a perfect description of Jonshel.

“We incorporated a part into the movie that was very inspired by her,” Zeitlin said. “A lot of lines were written by her, and a lot of the character arose out of who Jonshel was. Her character in the movie is called Joy Strong, which always seemed like a perfect description of Jonshel.

Zeitlin told Nola.com he was completely devastated to learn of her death.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Homicide Detective Brittany Kimbrough at (504) 658-5300 or to call Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans Inc. anonymously at (504) 822-1111 or (877) ) 903-7867.

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