When X-Men: Apocalypse hits theater screens next weekend, it could very well be the last time that we see Jennifer Lawrence in the role of the shape-shifting mutant Raven McCoy, better known as Mystique. Prior to production, the Oscar-winning actress told MTV that her third appearance as the character would be her last, but just a few weeks ago she seemed to have had a change of heart, telling Empire:
“I am dying to come back. I love these movies, I love being in them. I love ensemble movies because it’s not on anyone’s shoulders.”
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Lawrence this week and tried to get some clarification, and while she still sounds interested, her response was decidedly less enthusiastic:
“I would love to come back. I love the fans and I love the character. But then you realize how important your year is, like how important three months out of your year is. I don’t know. I shouldn’t be that honest.”
With those comments, I’m guessing that any future X-Men films featuring Lawrence would use her in a pretty limited capacity, as the lengthy commitment seems to be the biggest obstacle here. Of course, there’s also another hurdle to get past, because Lawrence isn’t the only star whose three-picture deal has expired:
“[Michael] Fassbender and [James] McAvoy and I were all talking like, ‘Will you come back?’ ‘I dunno.’ ‘I’ll come back, if you come back.’ Fox should be terrified because the deal we made was like if one of us doesn’t come back, none of us are.”
After headlining the Hunger Games franchise and playing a major role in the past three X-Men adventures, it only makes sense that Lawrence would be reluctant to step back into a major studio tentpole. And judging by her lifeless performance in X-Men: Apocalypse, wherein she spends less than 10 minutes of screen time in full Mystique regalia, she wasn’t exactly thrilled to be involved with this latest installment.
Personally, I’d like to see Fox focus more on fleshing out the newest additions to the roster, rather than going back to the well again – if they want to bring in Lawrence or her costars for a brief cameo, that’s fine, but they should no longer be the backbone of the franchise.
X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theaters on May 27. Make sure to check out Alex’s review.
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