REPORT: Magneto, Mystique Romance "Front And Center" in "X-Men: Apocalypse"

In an article providing an update on Jennifer Lawrence's next career move post-"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1," The Hollywood Reporter has dropped a few new bits of information regarding Lawrence's other big budget franchise -- "X-Men." The actress is confirmed to return for a third outing as Mystique in the upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse," a fact that could possibly become an obstacle for frequent Lawrence collaborator David O. Russell to work around.

The "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle" director is working on another film with Lawrence; the actress will take the lead in "Joy," a film about QVC star and Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano. As the script and cast are still being finalized, "Joy's" January 2015 start date has been bumped back a bit -- which puts it in danger of brushing up against "Apocalypse's" April 2015 start.

THR says that Fox is unwilling to postpone the mutant movie's shooting schedule both because the film already has a fast-approaching release date (May 27, 2016) and because Lawrence's Mystique and Michael Fassbender's Magneto have the two most important roles -- as romantic leads. "A source who has seen the script says Fox will take full advantage of Lawrence and Fassbender's star power," Tatiana Siegel writes for THR, "placing Mystique and Magneto's romance front and center."

"Apocalypse's" decision to focus on Lawrence and Fassbender makes sense seeing as how the installment is being viewed as the end of the trilogy of films that began in 2011's "X-Men: First Class," the film that introduced the pair of actors in the roles. The news of the two characters possibly having a full-on romance that will take up a considerable amount of screen time, however, does come as a surprise. The two flirted throughout "First Class" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and Mystique's connection -- and possibly a romantic one -- to the Master of Magnetism acted as one of her motivating factors in the latter film, but the characters were last seen on decidedly less than friendly terms. Since "Apocalypse" takes place a decade after the events of "Days of Future Past," it is possible that the two will have made up in the interim.

"X-Men: Apocalypse" opens on May 27, 2016

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