‘X-Men’: Jennifer Lawrence Helped Talk Simon Kinberg Into Directing ‘Dark Phoenix’

X-Men Jennifer Lawrence MystiqueAfter Jennifer Lawrence’s contract expired with the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, the Academy award-winning actresses future with the franchise was in doubt for some time before she officially signed on to appear in the next installment of the film series. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lawrence revealed that one of the reasons she agreed to reprise her role as Mystique was because of film series producer Simon Kinberg’s decision to direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Jennifer Lawrence explained that she had agreed to appear in X-Men: Dark Phoenix after trying to talk Kinberg into helming the film:

“I kind of f—ed myself. Because when I was trying to talk Simon into directing, he said something like, ‘If I direct it, you have to do it,’ and I was like, ‘Of course! Duh!’ Then they offered me the movie, and I was like, ‘Goddammit!”

Adding that she also signed on to appear in the film for the fans, Lawrence stated that her experience on Dark Phoenix has been the best of the entire franchise:

“Acting-wise it was the best experience I’ve had [on these films]. He’s been writing these characters for so long and he knows them so deeply. I suddenly felt more connected to my character than I ever have been before.”

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The film will adapt the Dark Phoenix Saga comic book storyline where Jean Grey struggled to control and succumbed to the Phoenix Force within.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on November 2nd, 2018.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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So it’s probably safe to assume everyone here has seen Logan? Well, based on how well it did in the box-office I think 20th Century Fox is taking notes. Now that they have both Deadpool and Logan under their belts, I’m sure they will be bringing more X-Men characters to the big screen as soon as possible.

There are so many great X-Men arcs to choose from, but I think focusing on personal stories and fewer characters is a way to ensure the movie connects with an audience. Mutants were originally composed as a metaphor for the Civil Rights movement, and that issue is still very much so alive in our society. I’m not saying every movie needs to be political, but they all have the potential to be about so much more than destruction and boss battles. Fox focuses on smaller, personal stories that show mutants in a different light. Sure they can kick ass, but let’s make sure they always feel like real people, as Logan did.

Hit Next to see the eight mutants I think Fox should bring to the big screen next!

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

Canadian film lover, comic book geek, political junkie and board game enthusiast.

  • curiouser and curiouser

    I can’t wait to see Jen’s Mystique in this! And they finally gave Mystique decent hair!