The fate of a lot of mutants is up in the air in X-Men: Apocalypse, the subject of this week’s EW cover story, and — spoiler alert — not everyone survives the sixth installment in the franchise.
But the future that everyone seems to wonder most about is of Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique. The actress’ three-picture deal expires with X-Men: Apocalypse (along with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult), and Lawrence is the one who vacillates the most between officially agreeing to do another film.
“Fassbender and McAvoy and I were all talking,” she says, “Like, ‘Will you come back?’ ‘I dunno.’ ‘I’ll come back, if you come back.’ Fox should be terrified because the deal we made was like if one of us doesn’t come back, none of us are.”
The actress is quite honest about how much she dislikes the blue body paint required for Mystique (“You go in and you realize you’re rock bottom and like this sucks and it could not suck more”) and in the years since 2011‘s X-Men: First Class, she’s grown into arguably the most in-demand young actress in Hollywood.
“I would love to come back,” says Lawrence. “I love the fans and I love the character. But then you realize how important your year is, like how important three months out of your year is. I don’t know. I shouldn’t be that honest.”
This one might take a studio executive with superpowers to figure out.
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