When we first met Mystique in Bryan Singer's X-Men film from 2000, the character portrayed by Rebecca Romijn, she was very much a full-fledged villain. A close confidant of Sir Ian McKellen's Magneto, she used her incredible morphing ability and crazy martial arts skills to help the Brotherhood of Mutants end the reign of the human race on Earth and help Homo superior take over. This, however, was not the case when the character was played by Jennifer Lawrence in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. Almost like a sister to James McAvoy's Charles Xavier, Mystique fought for the good guys until the very end of the film when she changed teams. Still, the character has a long journey ahead of her, and a big part of that journey will be played out in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Currently out and about promoting the soon-to-be-released The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lawrence recently sat down for a chat with IGN, and during the interview she spilled a few previously unknown details about the next X-Men movie. Asked about where we find Mystique in the new film, which is set 10 years after First Class, the Oscar-winning actress said,
"We find Raven, she's split off from Eric and Charles and she's kind of her own agent. She has one mission of trying to assassinate somebody and it will be her first kill basically, and because we've seen her in the future and what she becomes and this is kind of a turning point for her."
The word "assassinate" likely starts ringing all kinds of alarm bells for the comic book fans out there. In the original story, created by writer/artist team Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin back in 1980, the reason one of the X-Men has to travel back in time from the future is to stop - you guessed it - an assassination from occurring. In the film it will be Hugh Jackman's Wolverine who has his consciousness sent back in time, but this is the first time that we've heard about his potential target.
Given the amount of clout that Lawrence brings to the table, we can likely expect that X-Men: Days of Future Past will have plenty of action for fans of the young actress, and you can tell that from the trailer alone given how much screen time she gets.
Singer first time directing an X-Men movie since X2, Days of Future Past stars all of the actors mentioned above as well as Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Sir Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Daniel Cudmore, Adam Canto, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Fan Bing Bing. 20th Century Fox will have the movie in theaters on May 23, 2014.