Although her contract for X-Men movies was already done by Apocalypse, she still decided to return.
Lawrence had previously revealed that her contract with 20th Century Fox was up after last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse and there was some doubt as to whether or not she might return for the new film. Speaking to Digital Spy while doing the press rounds for her latest project, the thriller mother!, the actress has detailed what brought her back to the X-Men franchise even when she was no longer obligated to reprise her mutant role:
“My contract was up, I didn’t have to do another one, but if I didn’t do another one, what would her story be? I felt like I owed it to the fans, and I owed it to the character to follow her journey, to be fair to the movies, and not be like, ‘I don’t want to do another X-Men!’ And then I just never show up and everyone’s very confused about the Mystique they’ve been following for the last three films.”
Along with the Oscar winner, Dark Phoenix will welcome back Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as Magneto and Professor X respectively. They’ll be joined by fellow cast members Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, and Sophie Turner who’s reprising her titular role as Jean Grey, aka Dark Phoenix. While Jessica Chastain teased last month she’ll be playing the film’s villain, the Shi-ar alien Empress Lilandra. The movie comes out Nov. 2, 2018.
Before it, don’t forget to check out her outstanding performance in “mother!” on September 14, which was a hard watch even for its star.
“I saw the movie last night with an audience,” she said. “And I’m in the movie – I know everything that happens, it’s me, so I know everything’s okay, and I was clutching my chest, grabbing arms, closing my eyes.
“It’s real, really assaulting, I was really shaking when I left the movie, and I was like, ‘What have we done? What have we unleashed?'”