Jennifer Lawrence is a force to be reckoned with. The talented Hunger Games star reprises her role as Mystique in the highly anticipated summer movie X-Men: Days of Future Past and according to reports by Entertainment Weekly, her talents may land the 23 year-old actress her very own X-Men spin-off. X-Men: First Class writer/producer Simon Kinberg had this to say about Lawrence’s chances:
“I love what Jen Lawrence has done with [Mystique], 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.”
Fox is betting that as well. And while the article admits “there was a regime [at the studio] that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs],” choosing to do a Mystique spin-off with Jennifer Lawrence at the helm is one of the safest ways to do it. Lawrence has already conquered Hollywood despite her 24th birthday being still four months away. She was nominated for an Oscar at the ripe age of 19 for her role in the indie film Winter’s Bone. She followed up that success with her first franchise – the popular Hunger Games saga based on the YA novel – before being nominated a second time for her role in this last year’s breakout hit Silver Linings Playbook. That role also notched Jennifer her first Oscar statuette.
More recently, Lawrence was in a neck-and-neck battle for her second Oscar win, battling Lupita Nyong’o down to the wire for her role in the critically acclaimed movie American Hustle. And while Jennifer ended up not taking home the gold, her reprisal of Katniss in the latest Hunger Games: Catching Fire film dig snag her a multitude of Golden Popcorn statuettes at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday Night.
All of this success has built momentum as we inch closer to the release of this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future’s Past movie where, according to EW.com, Lawrence’s Mystique is reported to have a heavy role in the film’s plot:
[Warning: Spoilers Ahead]
“With the X-Men hunted in the distant future by mutant-killing robots called the Sentinels, Wolverine (Jackman) is sent back in time to his 1973 body to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating the inventor of the Sentinels, Bolivar Trask (Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage).”
Spin-offs for comic book movies have become the next big thing for Hollywood Studios with the success of Marvel’s The Avengers. Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier for example, is the current champ at the box office having pulled in global receipts already pushing $476.7 million. Sony is getting into the spin-off act as well following the upcoming release of Amazing Spider-Man 2.
When all is said and done, Fox Studios knows a Jennifer Lawrence led Mystique spin-off could mean mega-dollars for their X-Men franchise.