Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique could be the next X-Men character to have a spin-off film in the franchise.
The 23-year-old Oscar winning actress reprises her role as the shapeshifter Mystique in the 20th Century Fox film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, which does not release in theaters until May 23. However, there is already talk of a spin-off film with Mystique as the central character, much like the successful Wolverine series, starring Hugh Jackman.
“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 has 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,” Donner said.
She also said she would be interested in making a film with Mystique as the focus.
“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,” said Simon Kinberg, writer and producer of X-Men: First Class.
Lawrence has two more Hunger Gamesfilms scheduled to be released in the next 18 months, and possibly the next X-Men film in the spring of 2016. Harvey Weinstein, producer of Silver Linings Playbook, said in February that Lawrence might take a year off after filming for the final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy wraps.
The next movie in the franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016. A third Wolverine standalone movie is schedule to hit theaters on March 3, 2017.
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