Jennifer Lawrence Says 'X-Men: Apocalypse' is Her Last Mutant Outing
When it comes to big budget franchises, there always comes a time when the contract is up and fans get worried that their favorite stars are moving on. Even though he's a big part of the next few years of the Marvel cinematic universe, Robert Downey Jr. once came close to walking away from Iron Man. And now it's time for Jennifer Lawrence to potentially make the same move. The Hunger Games franchise star is already slated to return for X-Men: Apocalypse as the shape-shifting mutant Mystique, but the Oscar winner just revealed to MTV turns out that this might be the last time we see her in the paint and scales.
In an interview, when asked if Apocalypse would be her last round as a mutant, Lawrence said, "It is my last one, actually, yes." However, before you get worked up into a frenzy, keep in mind that this could just as easily be a negotiating tactic for 20th Century Fox to give her a big fat contract to lock her down for more movies. After all, X-Men: Days of Future Past just rebooted the franchise by taking Wolverine back to the past and undoing everything we saw happen in the original X-Men franchise, so it wouldn't make sense for one of the film's biggest young stars to walk away after that.
But then again, Apocalypse will mark the third film for Lawrence as Mystique, so there's no better time to walk away than at the end of a trilogy. And it's not as if Fox will lose everyone. Nicholas Hoult, who plays Beast, told E! (via The Playlist) that Apocalypse is also the last one he's signed on for, but he added, "The first one did so well and [Days of Future Past] got received so brilliantly. It's like, 'Wow, people really want to see the films' and the best thing is it's a great crew and cast to work with and he's a fun character. I have a good time playing him so I'd keep making them."
Honestly, it appears as if Fox is preparing to lose some cast members anyway, especially since director Bryan Singer is bringing in some new/old mutants with "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Mud star Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Drumline: A New Beat star Alexandra Shipp as Storm, not to mention Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. That's four new mutants that we know about, so surely they can't keep everyone around. And let's not forget that Wolverine is now with the X-Men in the 80s, and Channing Tatum may also pop up as Gambit at some point. So stay tuned to see what happens.