Jennifer Lawrence Cast as Mystique in Fox's X-Men: First Class

July 15, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

Jennifer Lawrence

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.

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as long as all she wears is body paint ala Rebecca Romijn

Bucker96 on Jul 15, 2010


I wish they'd pick some new mutants that haven't shown up on the silver screen yet. There's literally hundreds of them to choose from, yet we're getting the same characters we saw in Singer's X-Men.

peloquin on Jul 15, 2010


I'm with #2. So freakin many to choose from. And please Marvel just call this a "reboot." IMO I wanna like marvel, but it's getting stupider & stupider to the point where it'll just be better to have a different continuity than Singer. Next thing we know THIS will somehow get tied into the Avengers. :-/

Solo Calrissian on Jul 15, 2010


"IMO I wanna like marvel, but it's getting stupider & stupider to the point where it'll just be better to have a different continuity than Singer." THIS. D.C. for the win and the box office.

graffiti bandit on Jul 15, 2010


I do like Marvel this however is FOX!

Jimmy Love on Jul 15, 2010


@ #2: I thought the same thing when I saw this. I'm no X-Men expert so maybe I'm wrong, but I always thought Mystique had a larger role in Singer's movies than she deserved. And now here she is turning up in this movie too.

Craig on Jul 15, 2010


Prequel reboots are stupid!

Dan on Jul 15, 2010


I hope they pay as much attention to the script as they are doing with the casting. Christ. They certainly got a great actress to play the role. Jennifer was the best part of Winter's Bone. She certainly got a lot of guys' attention with this PHOTO spread (2nd link):

ProMovieBlogger on Jul 16, 2010


Sooo... in the first three X-Men movies, Xavier and Magneto where old men, and all the other mutants where in their twentys or thirties... how come they're just ten years older than the rest in this so-called "Prequel"? Is this pure stupidity, or is there any comic-lore explanaition I just didn't get?

Bob Bonanza on Jul 16, 2010


@9: EXACTLY!!!!! Kinda like Cage and his childhood sweetie in ghostrider. When they were alults he was like 50 & she was 25. so obvious!

yo-Yo! on Jul 16, 2010


Jennifer definitely has the looks for the role. Check out tons of pictures at

Jennifer Lawrence Fansite on Jul 18, 2010

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