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. (more…)
Bloody Wolverine and bloody Hugh Jackman. Being Fox’s most marketable super hero, they’ve managed to cram him into pretty much every comic book movie that they’ve made. But even Wolverine can’t last forever. Eventually, Jackman will move on to other things. And while that doesn’t necessarily mean that we won’t see our favorite angry scrapper in the future, it does mean that Fox might need to shift their focus and put another super hero into the forefront. According to actor James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence (aka Mystique) should be the one to take the torch once Jackman passes it on. (more…)
As part of their 25th Anniversary, Empire Magazine is grabbing on the the X-Men: Days of Future Past hype with an interesting marketing gimmick – releasing 25 different covers for their latest issue. While fans of comic books know this is a recipe designed to sell more than one copy of the same book, I’m guessing that still won’t stop people from purchasing a copy of each of their favorite characters. The cover reveals are happening throughout the day, and (in addition to the one above) here’s what we got for you so far: (more…)
During one of my countless re-watches of the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer I caught myself wondering what the deal would be with Mystique. At the end of First Class she chose to leave with Magneto, leaving Charles crippled on the beach. And when we meet her again in the first trilogy of X-films she’s quite evidently working for the Brotherhood. Jennifer Lawrence, recently gave a hint at how she gets from point A to point B. (more…)
Mystique is one of the few characters who’s appeared in every one of FOX‘s X-Men movies, not including those solely-Wolverine flicks. Each time she’s been a little different, in both look, attitude, and in some cases, actress. In the next X-feature, X-Men: Days of Future Past, she will again be portrayed by First Class‘ Jennifer Lawrence but has evolved since her last appearance.
Speaking with Sci-Fi Now, Lawrence explains,
I’m naked, but when I do get to wear clothes, I love the ’70s outfits. Some of the Mystique look is a little different, but we’re still using the same paint. But she’s different in this film, too. She was struggling – like a lot of normal humans – with the way she looked, and she was covered up a lot in the first movie, but this time she is Mutant and proud.
Clearly, in DOFP we’ll be getting a Mystique who is edging closer and closer to how Rebecca Romijn played her in the first three X-Men movies. This time Lawrence didn’t have to put up with being painted head to toe, either, instead they opted for a body suit which does make her skin appear a darker shade of blue than it did in First Class. Which again, will make her look more like the original Mystique. And judging from some of those shots director Bryan Singer shared on Twitter, she’s indeed getting to take part in more of the action,
As everybody was already aware, Jennifer Lawrence will be reprising her role from X-Men: First Class as Raven Darkholme, AKA Mystique (the only character in comic book history whose birth name is cooler than their “super” alias) in the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Below, we see Miss Lawrence on set in full Mystique regalia. To be honest, her portrayal of the shapeshifting mutant was one of the few things about First Class that I didn’t care for (that, and January Jones totally phoning it in as Emma Frost).
However, I’m liking her look in this film better somehow…I couldn’t tell you WHAT about her character design in DOFP is superior, but I like it a lot, and I have high hopes for both the character and the film.
Lawrence is joined in some of these photos by a woman who looks like the 1970s incarnate. Fans speculate that this could be Misty Knight, though if you’re not big into the X-Men comics, the first names that pop in your head will likely be either Foxy Cleopatra or Pam Grier, depending on your age:
What did X-Men fans do before Twitter? And who needs internet spies when you have Bryan Singer, the director himself, sending out regular tweets of photos and updates about Days of Future Past?
To wit, a pair of telling new photos were recently tweeted by Singer from the set of Days, one of them doesn’t spoil much, but shows a returning cast member in full (lack of) costume, and the other may tip off the observer as to what role a new cast member may play in the drama. So does it? Well, we’ll let you be the judge.
First the obvious thing:
Yes fans, its the image of Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique that way we’ve all wanted to see her…
Next up, we have Singer conferring with Peter Dinklage between takes on set. The set looks like the a private plane, and Dinklage looks like he’s ready to sail out with the tune fleet. And what’s the deal with that mustache? Let’s have a look:
The folks at Blastr seem to think that this is confirmation that Dinklage is playing Boliver Trask, inventor of the Sentinels. Did he have a mustache? Does it even matter? And why haven’t you scrolled back up to blue naked Jennifer Lawrence again?
More news as it develops.
Lawrence photo courtesy of Collider.
Dinklage photo courtesy of Blastr.
Oscar winning actress, Jennifer Lawrence, has suffered for her craft, and no more so than when she endured the hours of make-up and prosthetics over her entire body to play the blue-skinned, shape shifting mutant, Mystique. She had such severe reactions to the make-up a doctor had to be called to set to treat her.
So for X-Men: Days of Future Past another way a turning JLaw blue is being used, a body suit. Speaking with E!, Lawrence shared her wildly hectic schedule, for example, the day after The Oscars she had to have her hair dyed back to Katniss brunette because she was flying to Hawaii for two weeks of Catching Fire re-shoots, and talked a little X-Men,
I’m so excited because I’m going to wear a body suit. It will be from neck down so it will cut out time and the blisters.
Shooting begins “May-ish.” I haven’t read the script yet. I haven’t had 30 minutes. They literally gave me the script and I was like, ‘I can’t read this until Monday.’
Oh right, because she’s also squeezing in another film with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russel and co-star Bradley Cooper before she heads off to shoot X-Men. Man, this girl is crazy busy!
But what do you think of them switching to a body suit over body paint? I’m okay with it as long as it looks good, which I’m sure it will. Otherwise they wouldn’t have made the change. These people aren’t stupid, they’d have made her suffer again, like poor John Rhys-Davies in LOTR, if it was the only way to turn her into a convincing Mystique.
Mother’s day is fast approaching . . . it’s this Sunday dude . . . that’s tomorrow. If you haven’t planned and taken care of your Mother’s Day Duties: cards, flowers, candies, breakfast in bed, dinner out, then you had better get on the ball and get it done.
So let’s take a look at some of Nerdom’s moms that you wouldn’t want to mess with for one reason or another.
Mama Fratelli – The Goonies
The best way to sum up this NerdBastards feelings towards Mama Fratelli is to say that she be happy to drive you around house to house to trick or treat on Halloween, then take your bag of candy when you got home. Favorite Mama Fratelli quote:
Flemeth – Dragon Age
Voiced by: Kate Mulgrew
Flemeth is the legendary “Witch of the Wilds.” Why is she on the list? Well, how about conceiving and raising her daughter only so Flemeth could invade and take over her daughter’s body, destroying Morrigan’s soul and living forever or at least until she needed another replacement body. That’s some hardcore motherly love.
Mom – Futurama
Mom owns and manages 99.7% of MomCorp, a large, multi-billion dollar industrial complex with numerous subsidiaries and a monopoly on robot production. Publicly, she retains the image of a sweet, bustling old woman who often slips into the stereotype of a hapless grandmother (she wears antiquated clothes that greatly accentuate her bust and general figure, while using rustic metaphors such as “squeaking like an old screen door”). Behind the scenes, however, she is malevolent, foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, cold-hearted, and narcissistic. She routinely abuses her sons and others, verbally and physically, like the minions she sees them to be.
Mystique – Marvel Comics X-men
Abandon one child to a band of traveling circus gypsies while raising another foster child to be a super villain destroying your enemies. This chick is mother Teresa material. Sure she can look like anyone at any time . . . except on Mother’s day when she is no where to be found.
Alien Queen – Aliens
The mother of all space monster mothers. She is one mother you don’t want mess with or threaten her offspring. She will gut you faster than an Ahi-tuna sushi chef. Ripley said it best:
“You know, Burke, I don’t know which species is worse. You don’t see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage.”
Shaft – Shaft
He’s a bad mutha . . .
SHUT YO MOUTH ! ! !
I’m just talkin bout Shaft.
Cersi “Lannister” Baratheon – Game of Thrones
If a mother can be judged by the quality of her children then Cersi has a lot of explaining to do. She tells her child that everyone is an enemy and no one can deny him anything. How can she be surprised when that child turns into the most hated character in the whole George R.R. Martin series. The only character in the whole series seen trying to teach Joffery something is his uncle Tyrion, by then it’s way too late.
Tyrion: “You love your children. It’s your one redeeming quality; that and your cheekbones.”
Lori Grimes – The Walking Dead
Where’s Carl, Lori?
WHERE THE FRACK IS CARL?!?!?!
I’ll tell ya . . .
HE”S POKING A ZOMBIE WITH A STICK IN THE WOODS BY HIMSELF!!!
If I had a nickel for every time Lori had no idea where her child Carl was I could afford that Riot Shotgun I have my eye on for Zombie protection. Once the zombie apocalypse starts I think that knowing where your children are at all times would pretty much top a Mother’s List of Duties. Wait, she can’t be that bad. When she learned that her husband was not back from town yet she jumped into a car and drove after him (WHERE”S CARL LORI?!?!). Of course she did manage to crash the car when she was the ONLY CAR IN OPERATION ON THE ROADS IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA AT THE TIME. This NerdBastard has taken Lori off the carpool list.
Sarah Conner – Terminator Franchise
When Sarah Conner finds out her child will one day save mankind from the robot apocalypse she doesn’t curl up into a ball and wait for the end. She steps up, buffs up, and arms up. She’s willing to do what ever it takes to keep her son (and Mankind) safe, she is willing to take a bullet, grenade, or sliver metal Terminator finger blade to keep John safe. Get in her way and you will soon realize your mistake.
Daenerys Targaryen – Game of Thrones
“I am Daenerys Stormborn and I will take what is mine, with fire and blood.”
She is the mother of dragons. She will eat the bloody hearts of her enemies to protect her children, or at least some bloody horse heart. It’s hard to say much more without throwing spoilers out there so this NerdBastard is gonna just leave it there.
Rejoice, Nerds! Jennifer Lawrence Can Still be Both Mystique & Katniss! ‘X-Men: First Class’ Sequel to Shoot in January
A few weeks ago we reported on a major schedule conflict that might arise and force Jennifer Lawrence to choose whether she wanted to return as mutant shape-shifter, Mystique, or Hunger Game’s champion, Katniss. Okay, she wouldn’t have had much of choice, it would have been more like Fox calling on their contractual rights for her to play Mystique whether she was finished filming The Hunger Game‘s sequel, Catching Fire or not. But thankfully, through the magic of Hollywood diplomacy and maybe a few backdoor, seedy deals, the shooting schedules for Catching Fire and the sequel to X-Men: First Class have been arranged in a way allowing Lawrence to shoot both. She won’t have much of life outside these two films for the next 10 months, but she’ll be returning as both Mystique and Katniss.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s sources say, “Fox is informing talent agencies Thursday that the studio plans to begin shooting its in-development sequel to X-Men: First Class in January.”
This is obviously great news for both franchises. For one, could you imagine Catching Fire without Lawrence in the lead? Inconceivable! And two, you know Fox is hoping to profit greatly from her new stardom. Can’t you just imagine Fox seeing that outstanding opening weekend gross for The Hunger Games roll in at Lionsgate, their mouths watering. I can almost guarantee we’ll see Mystique’s role in a First Class sequel expanded on. We already know the sequel has Matthew Vaugh back as director and will be focused on Michael Fassbender‘s Magneto, will we see something more developing between Mystique and Magneto? A fangirl can dream.
But what about Catching Fire? After all, it’s shooting first beginning in August or September. Well, unfortunately everything seems to be hanging on whether or not Gary Ross will come back as director, with no agreement yet but hopefully soon.
So, in conclusion, hooray! I’ve had one of my wishes fulfilled. Gasp! Does this mean I have only two remaining!?!! Must choose wisely.