John Shell AlexanderThe former child actor, who co-starred in the Oscar-nominated movie “The Wild Beasts of the South,” died after a shooting in her native Louisiana.
John Shell, who was 12 when he starred in the 2012 movie, was sitting in the car with a man when someone fired in New Orleans last Saturday. John Shell was declared dead on the scene, and her friend survived and went to the hospital for treatment.
Police have published a photo of a person of interest (a black man in a ski mask) and are asking the general public for help in identifying and identifying him.
John Shell played Joy Strong in “Beast” … a drama about the struggling Bayeux community, then six, shot in Louisiana. Quvenzhané Wallis In the leading role. The film has won four Oscars, including the Best Film Award, and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
directed by Ben zeitlin He says he almost created Joy’s role, especially for John Shell. As he said, “Many lines were written by her and many of the characters were born of who John Shell is. Her character in the movie is named Joy Strong, which is always It looked like a perfect depiction of John Shell. She was a really bright burning light. “
“Beast” was her only acting role. After graduating from high school, John Shell worked as a hostess in a restaurant and had a daughter … according to Times Picayune / New Orleans Advocate.
John Shell was 22 years old.