The upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse movie certainly has a star-studded cast. The ensemble lineup of A-list actors features James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. All of them will be reprising their roles from the previous X-Men prequel films. While many fans will undoubtedly be excited to see these actors return to the world of X-Men, they may be disappointed at who won't be returning for future films after Apocalypse.
At a recent screening of her new movie Serena, Jennifer Lawrence firmly stated that she has no intention of playing Mystique after Apocalypse is said and done. When asked by a reporter if she would do another X-Men movie after Apocalypse, Jennifer Lawrence briefly stated:
It’s my last one, actually.
That is all she reportedly said on the topic of X-Men, not elaborating any further.
Jennifer Lawrence is perhaps the most popular A-list actor in Hollywood. After her first Oscar nomination for 2010's Winter's Bone, the role of Mystique in 2011's X-Men: First Class skyrocketed her career into blockbuster territory. Since then, she has also taken part in another huge franchise, The Hunger Games, as Katniss Everdeen. Her tenure in that series is ending as well, with the final film due for release this November.
For those wondering what Jennifer Lawrence will do when she departs her two blockbuster franchises, fear not. She has plenty of exciting projects on her schedule. These include two biographical films: David O' Russel's upcoming dramedy Joy, and an untitled war movie directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg. One can reasonably expect these films to do quite well financially, as well as rack up plenty of award nominations.
Yes, it will be absolutely crushing for Jennifer Lawrence fans to see her leave the X-Men universe, but she is far from being out of the acting game. Who knows? Maybe by the time X-Men: Apocalypse is released, she'll score another blockbuster role. For now, fans still have Mockingjay, Part 2 and X-Men: Apocalypse to look forward to. If you're a J-Law fan, I'd say it's a perfectly reasonable time to stay aboard the hype train.
Mockingjay, Part 2 is due out November 20, 2015.
X-Men: Apocalypse is due out May 27, 2016.