There’s no question about it. Actress Jennifer Lawrence is always attached to great films. Fans can catch her next in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” playing the mutant Mystique, a role that is rumored to be getting a solo film in the near future. At least those are the reports Wet Paint surfaced on April 11.
From her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in “Hunger Games” to her roles in the Oscar nominated films “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” Lawrence takes the spotlight in all of her projects. So it comes as no surprise that there could be a Mystique centered film in talks.
Entertainment Weekly spoke to “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner about this possibility. “There was a regime [at the studio] that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it,” Lauren tells the source. “I’d like to do Gambit,” she continues, “I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.” According to a poll hosted by the source, 24% of X-Men fans want a Deadpool film, Gambit came in second with 21%, and Mystique fifth with 11%.
Writer and producer Simon Kinberg also commented on the Mystique spin-off, sounding a bit more optimistic. “I love what Jen Lawrence has done with her [Mystique],” Kinberg says. “And I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has several solo films though, so there’s a chance, if not Lawrence, that other characters could, too. Becoming the shapeshifter Mystique is no easy task for Lawrence though, as she has shared the long and tedious process it takes to transform into the mutant. “There’s no CGI for me,” Lawrence tells Cinemablend, going on about how the whole process can take up to seven long hours. We’re sure a hefty paycheck can help forget the pain of all that though.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” hit theaters May 23, 2014. Lawrence fans can also expect to catch the star twice this coming November – a cameo on November 14 in “Dumb and Dumber To,” and reprising her role as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” on November 21.