Originally Posted by Super Jim
Selene's main power is absorbing the lifeforce of others in order to maintain her vitality. When she overexerts herself she ages.
So the best way to show Selene and her power is to have her played by a younger actress, over exert herself during battle or whatever, have her age (via computers and make-up) and then have her absorb someone's lifeforce to become young again.
That means you need a younger actress to play her.
Yes, Tao was 27, and Hugh was a very fit 44. But Wolverine is a couple hundred year old dude, and he can hook up with almost anyone, as long as they are of legal age, like Mariko.
Is there a double standard here? Maybe, but it is what it is...
Or have two people play her. Have Bellucci be Selene for most of the film, then have Sasha Grey or Genesis Rodriguez replace her in the third act once she drains some people in a moment that confirms her as irredeemable. Problem solved. We have both old and young Magneto, why can't we have old and young Selene?
Oh, and about Elizabeth Tan... Hugh Jackman was mostly known tor TV and stage roles before becoming Wolverine. Remember the doubters before the first X-Men film?
And yeah, I'd call a 50-something guy and a 30-year old (when it's being filmed) woman a double standard when a 27-year-old is dating a man over a century old. I mean, Domino has always had a thing for older men as she's dated both Cable and Wolverine but Wolvie is being way more of a sugar daddy here. Not that there's anything wrong with dating anyone two decades older than you.