Jennifer Lawrence Joins <i>X-Men: First Class</i> As Mystique

As if word that Kevin Bacon has signed on as the villain of X-Men: First Class weren't enough, now Heat Vision reports that Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as the shape-shifting Mystique.

The 19-year-old actress has received raves for her starring role in the drama Winter's Bone, which won the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. She also played the daughter in the TBS comedy The Bill Engvall Show.

If the inclusion of characters like Banshee and Havok weren't enough of a clue that First Class will deviate drastically from comic-book continuity, the involvement of Mystique certainly sends a clear signal. The character, created by Dave Cockrum and Chris Claremont, didn't debut until 1978. Mystique was played by Rebecca Romijn in Fox's previous X-Men movies.

Lawrence joins a rapidly expanding cast that includes James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr, Alice Eve as Emma Frost, Nicholas Hoult as Henry McCoy, Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy, Lucas Till as Alex Summers, and Bacon as their as-yet-unnamed enemy.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, X-Men: First Class centers on the early friendship between Xavier and Lensherr, who work with other mutants to stop a global threat. In the process, a riff between them opens, beginning the war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men. The film opens on June 3, 2011.

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