It’s arguable that at this point in time, Jennifer Lawrence is one of, if not the most sought after actresses working in Hollywood. She’s come a long way from her breakthrough role portraying tough as nails teen Ree in 2010’s gritty rural drama Winter’s Bone; she’s gained a legion of fans internationally as Katniss in four Hunger Games films, is currently the highest paid actress in Hollywood – and oh yes, she also happens to be an Oscar-winner.
Indeed, a lot has changed for Lawrence in the last handful of years and a lot more is going to change. For starters, she’s already set to direct her first film and she’s also written a film with good friend and comedian Amy Schumer (Trainwreck). As far as her acting work goes, Lawrence continues to prove herself a versatile talent, fully capable of pulling off everything from heartbreaking, indie drama to blockbuster mainstream fare.
After this month’s release of her next film Joy, Lawrence gets back to the business of blockbusters with her turn as Raven Darkhölme aka Mystique in this summer’s much anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse. In keeping with her ever changing persona/career, Lawrence revealed in an interview with CinemaBlend that Mystique will be blue in the movie, but maybe not quite as much as fans had expected/believed to be the case.
"I am blue in it, a little bit. I put my foot down as much as I could. [But] they were very, very nice to me."
It’s quite conceivable that someone of Lawrence’s stature could call the shots to some degree - in terms of the character she’s portraying. If the idea of being slathered in blue makeup for hours upon hours didn’t appeal to her, there’s every possibility that her time onscreen coloured blue has been limited. But what might he in-film explanation for that be?
In the X-Men: Apocalypse teaser trailer, Lawrence’s blue pigmentation is absent in the handful of moments in which we see her. Has something occurred to alter the character as fans know her - or has Lawrence’s insistence on wearing as little blue makeup as possible signalled a reboot of sorts for Mystique? Perhaps Mystique’s situation in X-Men: Apocalypse is like that of Beast, who uses serums to control his physical appearance? It’s hard to say for certain, but maybe director Bryan Singer's got a little surprise for everyone this time around.
In all fairness, the clips that we do see of Mystique in the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer are mostly all taken from the same few scenes (and mere seconds at that), meaning that there’s still plenty of opportunity for audiences to see Mystique as they’ve always known her. For now we’ll just have to wait for more trailers, clips and news to arrive – after all, there’s still plenty of time between now and July.
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017, and an unannounced X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.