ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

You know, with the dearth of solo X-Men films - save those starring Hugh Jackman's Wolverine - and FOX's stated desire to start expanding their Mutant Cinematic Universe, i have long pondered the fact that, in Jennifer Lawrence, they have the most bankable, recognizable actress on the planet playing a sexy badass - yet stuck in an ensemble.

So why not give her a solo film of her own?

It seems the X-Men franchise producers asked the same question and plan on doing just that!

Lawrence's shapeshifter reportedly has an increased role in the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past", which would help launch her into a solo feature quite nicely.

“I love what Jen Lawrence has done with her, 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,” “X-Men: First Class” writer-producer Simon Kinberg told "Entertainment Weekly" in this week’s issue.

Aside from a solo film with Mystique, Lauren Shuler Donner, who produced every “X-Men” movie, told "EW" that Gambit and [Deadpool](movie:38663) are also worthy of standalone movies.

“There was a regime (at the studio) that didn’t see the worth in (spinoffs), and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it and we’re going to do right by it,” Donner said. “I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”

Lawrence is currently filming “Mockingjay – Part 2″ but will wrap up “The Hunger Games” franchise when the fourth film hits theaters on Nov. 20, 2015. Her Depression-set drama with Bradley Cooper, “Serena,” will be released some time this year.

Which means Lawrence’s hectic schedule will soon be able to accommodate a spinoff.

The next mutant film, “ [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267),” will bow on May 27, 2016.

“Everyone grew up knowing Captain America or the Hulk, but not X-Men characters,” director Bryan Singer told "EW". “I didn’t even know who Wolverine was. I call X-Men the bastard stepchild of the comic universes.”

Wolverine is now a household hero after the mega-success of the “X-Men” franchise and James Mangold’s “The Wolverine” in 2013. The latter pic grossed $415 million worldwide ($133 million Stateside). A sequel is dated for March 3, 2017.


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