In what is news to absolutely no one, Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most popular stars in Hollywood today thanks to her roles in ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and ‘American Hustle.’ But before all that, she appeared in ‘X-Men: First Class’ (as well as its sequel, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’) as the sexy shape-shifting mutant Mystique, a role that she will reprise once again in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ Now, as she gears up to start working again filming ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ back to back, 20th Century Fox looks to be taking advantage of her star power by beefing up her part in their next Marvel mutant movie.
The Hollywood Reporter recently profiled Lawrence’s busy schedule in the New Year, which includes shooting ‘Joy’ with David O. Russell before moving on to Montreal in April for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ During this portion of the article, it was noted that she and co-star Michael Fassbender (who has quite a bit of star power in his own right) would be front and center of Bryan Singer’s next X-Men movie as the film will surround a romance between Mystique and Magneto. Here’s the excerpt from the report with the details:
“Apocalypse is being crafted around Lawrence’s Mystique character and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto. A source who has seen the script says Fox will take full advantage of Lawrence and Fassbender’s star power, placing Mystique and Magneto’s romance front and center.”
While it makes sense for the studio to take two of the hottest stars out there right now and make them the faces of one of their biggest franchises, I hope that this decision doesn’t take away from the larger story being told. Apocalypse is one of the X-Men’s greatest foes and when he finally appears in the movie, he and all the chaos he brings with him deserves to be adapted properly. If this romance storyline overshadows things, then it would be an absolute shame. However, if it takes up about as much time as was dedicated in ‘First Class’ to establishing Mystique’s relationship with Charles Xavier, then I guess it wouldn’t be too bad.
What do you think about a Mystique/Magneto romance being prominently featured in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’? Do you think that’s the right way to go or do you disagree with Fox’s plan of action? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ hits theaters on May 27, 2016.