Yet another “X-Men” cast member is reportedly going to leave the “X-Men” franchise soon.
Jennifer Lawrence rose to fame through her role as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” film franchise, but she is also known for playing the young Mystique in Fox’s rebooted “X-Men” franchise. However, it looks like we will be seeing a new Mystique in the future “X-Men” films because Lawrence told MTV that “X-Men: Apocalypse” would be her last movie.
Lawrence announced her departure from the franchise when MTV News reporter Josh Horowitz was interviewing her and “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Bradley Cooper at the red carpet premiere of their new film, “Serena”. When asked whether “X-Men: Apocalypse” would be her last movie, she answered, “It is my last one, actually, yes.”
The actress did not elaborate further on her statement.
Lawrence’s departure from the franchise may or may not affect the story because her character is, after all, a shape-shifting mutant. She is also the 2nd Mystique to have appeared in the film series, following Rebecca Romijn’s appearances in the original “X-Men” trilogy.
Lawrence also marks the 2nd “X-Men” star to depart from the rebooted franchise as her former boyfriend, Nicholas Hoult also confirmed that he will make his final appearance as the Beast in “X-Men: Apocalypse”. Both of them have played their respectively mutant roles since 2011’s “X-Men: First Class”.
Even though “X-Men: Apocalypse” was the last movie that Hoult was signed up for, he told E! Online that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of returning to the franchise. But due to the time-altering ending of “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, director Bryan Singer may be looking to recast these major characters to build a better, stronger X-Men Cinematic Universe.
James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult will reprise their respective mutant roles in “X-Men: Apocalypse”. Oscar Isaac has joined the cast to play the titular villain Apocalypse while Rose Byrne will reprise her role as Moira MacTaggert.
Newcomers Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee will play the younger versions of of Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler while “EastEnders” star Ben Hardy is joining the film for an undisclosed role.
Fox has yet to confirm the report regarding Lawrence’s departure, but “X-Men: Apocalypse” will begin filming in Montreal next month before its release on 27th May 2016.
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