Jennifer Lawrence explains why she's returning as Mystique for X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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Sep 7, 2017

Some roles are just too good to leave behind.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Jennifer Lawrence opened up about why she decided to return as Mystique for the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix despite finishing out her contract in the Fox franchise.

Needless to say, it wasn't for the hefty payday the studio undoubtedly threw at her (at least, so she says). Instead, it was the chance to continue the complex arc of her shapeshifting supervillain that began with series reboot X-Men: First Class and continued with the Bryan Singer-helmed X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men Apocalypse.

"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?" the 27-year-old actress said. 

She added: "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."

Good thing for us she likes continuity in storytelling.

Lawrence will next be seen on the big screen in Darren Aronofsky's psychological horror flick, mother!, due out September 15.

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 Chaistain teased last month she'll be playing the film's villain, the Shi-ar alien empress Lilandra.

The latest installment, which marks the directorial debut of veteran X-Men scribe Simon Kinberg, is currently shooting in Montreal and is slated for release on Nov. 2, 2018.