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Jennifer Lawrence talks shape-shifting character Mystique in X-Men: Days of Future Past

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J-Law is all the rage at the moment what with her Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook and her imminent return as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. And next year she returns as slinky mutant Mystique in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

When we last saw Jennifer's shape-shifting mutant Raven in X-Men: First Class, she had defected from Professor Charles Xavier’s X-Men to rival mutant Magneto’s gang. Bryan Singer’s forthcoming sequel, Days of Future Past, moves the story on ten years and finds Raven, now renamed Mystique, operating very much on her own.

“Raven is split off from Eric [Magneto] and Charles, and she’s kind of like her own agent,” says Lawrence. “She has one mission, trying to assassinate somebody and it’ll be her first kill, basically. We’ve seen her in the future and what she becomes and this is kind of a turning point for her.”

Of course, the future Mystique that Lawrence refers to is the version played by Rebecca Romijn in the original X-Men trilogy. Lawrence plays a much younger version of the character, saying the main difference between the two performances was that hers was "sweet and naive" while Romijn’s was "sultry and mean".

X-Men: Days of Future Past meshes together the casts of the original X-Men films with Matthew Vaughn’s rebooted prequel from 2011 and sees the return of original director Bryan Singer to the franchise. It arrives in Cineworld on 22 May 2014.