Jennifer Lawrence announced plans to leave the X-Men franchise after the next installment. Talking with MTV News at the premiere of her latest film, Serena, the A-list actress offered little detail. When asked about Apocalypse, she simply said, “It is my last one, actually.”
The news doesn’t really come as a surprise. Lawrence’s popularity continues to soar, and Universal already made Mystique responsible for what would have been the end of the world. Another blunder of that magnitude would be improbable. Moreover, they’ve already started casting for the roles of Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey. It seems inevitable they will have to find a new Mystique, Beast, Magneto and Charles Xavier as well.
In fact, the others may be exiting at the same time as Lawrence’s character. Talking with Collider last year, co-writer Simon Kinberg said, “I will say that X-Men: Apocalypse is definitely the close of a trilogy for those First Class characters, which isn’t to say we won’t see them in future movies. Hopefully we will, but it’s a completion of an arc for them.”
How the shapeshifting beauty will make her exit remains to be seen. But at least part of the plot will revolve around her. “The relationship between Beast and Mystique is a really interesting one that we didn’t have a lot of time to explore in Days of Future Past, so we’ll have an opportunity to do more of than in Apocalypse,” added Kinberg.
X-Men: Apocalypse will premiere in theaters on May 27, 2016.