Jennifer Lawrence Declares 'Apocalypse' is Her Final 'X-Men' Movie

Monday, 23 March 2015 10:17 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Jennifer Lawrence Declares 'Apocalypse' is Her Final 'X-Men' Movie

When Jennifer Lawrence first dipped her toe into a pool of blue body paint as Mystique in X-Men: First Class, she wasn't yet Katniss Everdeen, the highest-grossing female action hero of all time.  She also hadn't won an Academy Award and become one of the biggest, most popular movie stars on the planet.

Five years after first shifting shape as Raven Darkholme, Lawrence will close out her run on the franchise with next year's X-Men: Apocalypse.

The core players in this prequel series – James McAvoy, Michaeel Fassbender, Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult – signed three-picture deals with First Class.  As such, we've suspected for some time that X-Men: Apocalypse would be their final bow in the blockbuster franchise.

Lawrence is the first to confirm that this is indeed the case, telling MTV News, “It is my last one, actually."

She didn't elaborate further, but it's not too difficult to see why Lawrence would opt out as her contract comes to an end.  She's just one part of a crowded ensemble in the X-movies, and despite the relative smallness of the role, each film still represents a big chunk of the increasingly in-demand actress's schedule. 

As The Hunger Games comes to a close and she wraps up her tenure as Mystique, Lawrence is keeping busy: She's in talks to star alongside Chris Pratt in the scifi romance Passengers and she'll reunite with Catching Fire and Mockingjay helmer Francis Lawrence for The Dive, a true story produced by James Cameron.  Oh, and she's set to star as courageous photojournalist Lynsey Addario for a little director named Steven Spielberg.

Production on X-Men: Apocalypse kicks off this spring in order to meet a May 27, 2016 release date.

Returning X-Men: Days of Future Past producer and writer Simon Kinberg has explained that Apocalypse marks the end of the trilogy that began with 2011's prequel. "This movie is the completion of the first arcs of Charles, Eric, Raven, and Hank, who are essentially our main characters,” he said last month. “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.”

For Lawrence, at least, that means the end of her time playing a mutant.  We suspect the same is true for Fassbender and McAvoy.

Director Bryan Singer is stacking the deck with plenty of even younger actors taking over big roles.  Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, and Tye Sheridan lend support to this 1980s-set sequel as young Jean Grey, Storm, and Cyclops, with Kodi Smit-McPhee BAMFing as the prequel version of NightcrawlerOscar Isaac, meanwhile, plays the villainous Apocalypse, the oldest and most powerful mutant in the world.

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