Jennifer Lawrence Confirms Departure From ‘X-Men’ Franchise

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Jennifer Lawrence has announced that X-Men: Apocalypse will be her final appearance as the shape-shifting mutant Mystique.

And together, the world wept.

[dropcap size=small]L[/dropcap}]awrence, who has played the character since 2011’s X-Men: First-Class, broke the news in a red-carpet interview with MTV. When asked if Apocalypse would be her last film as Mystique, Lawrence replied in the affirmative saying, “It is my last one, yes.” FOX has declined to comment on the matter.

The news of Lawrence’s departure comes on the heels of another X-Men cast member who has suggested Apocalypse will be their last film. Nicholas Hoult, who plays Beast in the ‘First Class’ series recently revealed that Apocalypse was the last X-Men title he is signed on for, however he will not rule out returning for future installments.

There’s about to be a serious lack of blue in future ‘X-Men’ films.

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It has been suggested that director Bryan Singer is setting up X-Men: Apocalypse to account for the cast member turnover. We will see the return of main-stay X-Men Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm (Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, and Alexandra Shipp, respectively), and it has been rumored that Channing Tatum’s Gambit may come into the fray before his own standalone film.

Additionally, Lawrence’s departure from the franchise does not necessarily mean that we won’t be seeing the character Mystique in future films. After all, Lawrence is the second actor to portray the character, having inherited the role from Rebecca Romijn.

X-Men: Apocalypse is in theaters May 27, 2016.

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