The casting gods smiled on X-Men: First Class when Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence were selected for the rebooted cast just before they blew up and became critically-acclaimed, award-winning brand names in acting in the summer of 2011. Since then, Lawrence has won several Oscar nominations, picked up a second franchise in The Hunger Games, and is probably the actress at the top of every casting agents speed dial for all roles requiring someone young and female. Well, it looks Lawrence is going to open up more time for new roles because she’s saying now that along with the final Hunger Games coming out this year, next year’s X-Men, Apocalypse, will be her last.
Lawrence, who took over the role of Mystique from Rebecca Romijn, said in an interview with MTV that X-Men: Apocalypse will be the last time that she dons the elaborate blue make-up and scales to play the shape-shifting mutant. “It is my last one, actually,” she said, followed by a terse “Yes” when asked to confirm.
Check out the video by MTV below:
Of course, never say never. Mystique is not necessarily the biggest part of X-Men lore so having Lawrence back in some capacity for a cameo or post-credits appearance at a later date is not out of the question. All things are possible when dump trucks filled with money are driven to people’s houses, as the old saying goes. One can hardly blame her though since a fair percentage of playing Mystique requires walking around half-naked wearing only paint and prosthetics.
Lawrence is the second member of the First Class cast to make a pass on future X-Men movies post Apocalypse. Nicholas Hoult has also said that the next film will be his last as Beast, but he did leave the door open for future appearances so long as the script is right.
X-Men: Apocalypse begins shooting in Canada next month for a Summer 2016 release date.
Source: Comic Book.com