According to sources like Screen Crush and MTV News, Lawrence recently disclosed that X-Men: Apocalypse would be her last movie as Mystique.
Granted, many fans of the franchise probably aren’t shocked to hear such news, as plenty of rumors and speculation have pointed to the very real possibility that Apocalypse may, in fact, wrap up the newer narrative arc that has involved the likes of Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy (who play Mystique, Young Magneto, and Young Professor Xavier). Furthermore, the demand for these aforementioned stars is skyrocketing. As are their price tags.
In short, it makes perfect sense for them to step away from a franchise that would not hesitate to lock them down for 24074981037208410382 more movies (looking at you, Hugh Jackman)…even if said franchise technically can’t afford them anymore.
This also makes sense in light of Simon Kinberg (X-Men producer/writer)’s recent comments about the franchise:
“This movie is the completion of the first arcs of Charles, Eric, Raven, and Hank, who are essentially our main characters. They’re such young actors and young characters, so there’s a lot more story to tell. But as a first phase of their lives, there is this feeling of closure by the end of the movie” (Screen Crush).
Moving on, Lawrence didn’t really give an explanation, but did she really need to? I mean, it is clear that her plate is full. Not only will The Hunger Games franchise be wrapping up later this year (in November), but she will be teaming with David O. Russell once again for Joy (I’ve got mixed-ass feelings about that) and she will also be teaming up with Steven Spielberg for an adaptation of war photographer Lynsey Addario’s famed memoir. Who would have time for a franchise with that kind of schedule?
Anyways, you can catch X-Men: Apocalypse in theaters on May 27, 2016.
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