With X-Men: Apocalypse now in theaters and both director Bryan Singer and the core franchise taking a break from another quick sequel, the director has pointed to one of the film's star as ideal for a spin-off solo film: Mystique. Blockbuster actress Jennifer Lawrence currently plays the Marvel character, but Singer said it the role could be re-cast if need be.
"I think [Mystique’s] right for [a standalone movie], whether it’s Jennifer or not," Singer said during the Empire podcast. "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."
The idea of re-casting another actress (or actor, even) to play Mystique might seem odd given that the 25-year-old Lawrence is one of the world's most popular actresses, but the Hunger Games star has been publicly resistant to reprising the role after Apocalypse, at one point giving a definite 'no' but later saying that "Fox should be terrified" of what it would take for her to commit.
Given the character's shape-shifting abilities, it would be substantially easier from a story perspective to explain a different actor playing the role. And this wouldn't be the first time the character has been re-cast however, as Lawrence took up the role for the these three most recent X-Men prequels after Rebecca Romijn played Raven Darkholme in the first three X-Men films. She had a brief return as Mystique in X-Men: First Class.