April 10, 2014

Talk Of A MYSTIQUE Movie Returns, This Time With Jennifer Lawrence As Lead

Most people don't remember this, but around the time of the production for X-Men Origins: The Wolverine there was talk of more spin-offs. Characters like Magneto and Mystique were posed to get their own origin films as well. David S. Goyer was hired to write and possibly direct a Magento film, that wasn't to be. The elements of that film were used in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, possibly a similar fate for Mystique's origin as well.

The Mystique film hadn't been fully realized by the studio at the time, but Rebecca Romijn was still attached for the role. Later on, the studio developed First Class and Jennifer Lawrence was cast as a young Raven. This might have been the best thing for the character, as we got to see her develop as a fully functioning female lead. We've seen Mystique go from villain side-kick, to become the largest standout female character currently in the franchise. Standing alongside Magneto and Xavier in First Class, and now with Wolverine in Days of Future Past.

A third Wolverine (March 3rd, 2017) spin-off is in the works and producer Lauren Shuler Donner has previously mentioned a desire to pursue Deadpool and Gambit solo films. While speaking with EW she does briefly hint to the potential of developing a Mystique film again.

“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,” says producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who’s produced all of the X-Men films. “I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”

With shapeshifter Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) taking a pivotal role in Past‘s plot, Donner says she’d be interested in taking that character into a solo film.

Producer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who is currently building the new X-Men universe with Bryan Singer also sees the value of a Mystique movie.

“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.”

This makes a lot of sense, as Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is already the face of a massively successful billion dollar franchise, with Hunger Games (earning $1.5 billion in just two installments and two more on the way). While none of the X-Men films have been able to break $500 million worldwide, both of Lawrence's films have (Games earning $691M and Catching Fire raking-in $864M). She has the talent, following and box office numbers to support her own comic book franchise.

Jennifer is also expected to return for a role in X-Men: Apocalypse, which is could begin production sometime in 2015. Fox has also announced a release date for an untitled Fox/Marvel film in 2018. A lot of people suspect this could be X-Men/Fantastic Four Crossover, Gambit, Deadpool, X-Force or even Silver Surfer, but it's now possible that it might end-up Mystique as well.


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