“X-Men Apocalypse” director Bryan Singer has expressed his thoughts on a stand-alone movie for Mystique, which is played by Jennifer Lawrence in the current trilogy, saying that he’d like to see whether Lawrence plays the character or not.
In the latest Empire Spoiler podcast, Singer expounded that Mystique’s “different view” makes her a better candidate for a solo movie than say, Professor Xavier.
“I think [Mystique’s] right for [a standalone], whether it’s Jennifer or not. She has this different view of the world: Xavier can get into Cerebro and look at the world but he’d rather just teach classes and see the beauty of mutants and humans co-existing in his mansion in Westchester. Along comes Raven with a reality check on the state of the world. It opens up a lot of avenues.”
According to Screenrant, it is the right time for a female-centric solo film for 20th Century Fox’s Marvel universe. Thus far, only Gambit and Wolverine (who has three) has stand-alone movies either released or developed by the studio.
A Mystique film in the next two to four years would also go with other female superhero movies with Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman,” a co-lead credit for Evangeline Lilly in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and possibly Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel.”
The allusion of Singer that a Mystique film could happen without Jennifer Lawrence is contrary to the “Silver Linings Playbook” star’s recent statements that she would be interested in reprising the role as Comingsoon.net reported.
As a major force in the X-Men film adaptations, Singer’s interest in developing a solo film for Mystique along with the possible involvement of Lawrence could make it a reality, especially after 20th Century Fox reshuffled the release dates of some films in its slate, including the sequel to “Deadpool.”