Jennifer Lawrence Says 'There Is Hope' for a Return to the X-Men Franchise

Friday, 17 July 2015 - 3:26PM
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X-Men: Apocalypse
Friday, 17 July 2015 - 3:26PM
Jennifer Lawrence Says 'There Is Hope' for a Return to the X-Men Franchise
Jennifer Lawrence seemingly confirmed that she will depart the X-Men franchise after Apocalypse, once her contract is up. But in a recent interview, she left the door open for Mystique to appear in future X-Men films, as she clarified that although she is done for now, "there is hope."

Lawrence's original contract was for three X-Men movies: First Class, Days of Future Past, and now Apocalypse. She announced several months ago that she was going to allow her contract to expire, even as rumors continued to swirl that she would return, and even that there may be a Mystique spin-off. Now, speaking with EW, she maintains that she is done with the franchise after Apocalypse, if only because she's afraid of brain damage from toxic makeup fumes.

"I love working with Bryan, and I love these movies. It's just the paint." She was 20 years old when she signed on to X-Men: First Class, and "didn't care about fumes and toxins. Now I'm almost 25 and I'm like, 'I can't even pronounce this and that's going in my nose? I'm breathing that?'"

But she isn't completely closed to the possibility of returning to the franchise, as she basically qualified her answer with "never say never." "There is hope," she said. "I don't want to not be asked."

Lawrence isn't the only in-demand actor who might depart the X-Men series after Apocalypse; Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy's contracts are both up after this film, and neither has announced whether they will renew. If the entire old guard (or new old guard) leaves, it would be a big hit to the franchise, but luckily they now have Sophie Turner, Lana Candor, Tye Sheridan, and more to take their place.

X-Men: Apocalypse comes out in theaters on May 27, 2016.
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