Jennifer Lawrence set to leave X-Men franchise

It appears the X-Men franchise may be set to lose one of it’s most popular stars – fan-favourite Jennifer Lawrence has hinted in a recent interview that the up-coming X-Men: Apocalypse may be her last outing as mutant bad-ass Mystique.

The Hunger Games actress was slightly coy with reasons behind her decision to leave the hit franchise, despite reports last year of a potential Mystique spin-off film.

Along with co-stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult, Lawrence has been a crucial factor in the success of the ‘First Class’ franchise, with the last outing, Days of Future Past, raking in an astounding $500 million in its first week of release. Which now leaves a burning question as to where this franchise will go, where it to lose one of its most popular stars?

X-Men: Apocalypse is set to showcase a new group of actors and actresses, all playing younger versions of popular characters such as Cyclops, Jean Gray and Storm. Much like the current cast, these new additions to the X-Men family, including Tye Sheridan and Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner, could in fact be the future of the franchise, perhaps leading us into yet another trilogy.

Even though it appears the franchise is more than prepared to deal with any loss of its current cast, nothing is definite yet – for someone of Jennifer Lawrence’s stature and star power, studios are usually prepared to break the bank in order to ensure their stars can be encouraged back into the fold. Though having fronted the box-office mega-franchise The Hunger Games, the last of which is due out at the end of the year (2016), no-one could blame Lawrence for wanting a bit of down time.

With an all-star returning cast, as well as some new faces including Channing Tatum as Gambit, you can catch X-Men: Apocalypse in cinemas from May 27, 2016.