Jennifer Lawrence Cast as Mystique in Fox's X-Men: First Class
The cast continues to grow. Heat Vision announces that 19-year-old actress Jennifer Lawrence, last seen in Winter's Bone as well as The Burning Plain, has been cast as the mutant Mystique in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class prequel/reboot. Fox has been putting together the cast as quick as they can in hopes of getting production underway as soon as possible. In addition to Lawrence, Variety also confirmed Kevin Bacon's involvement as a villain, but still no word on who he's playing. I've heard that Singer and co would like to surprise everyone about the villain in the movie, but who knows if they can even pull that off anyway.
Mystique, who was played by Rebecca Romijn (above right) in the original trilogy, is a shapeshifter who can mimic other people, though she can't replicate superpowers. In comics lore, she was revealed as the mother of Nightcrawler. X-Men: First Class conceived by Bryan Singer, penned by Jane Goldsman, follows James MacAvoy as Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Magneto as young men discovering their powers for the first time, and meeting up with other mutants. Director Matthew Vaughn begins shooting soon, aiming for release on June 3rd, 2011. I'm really liking the young, ambitious cast Vaughn has put together so far.