Jennifer Lawrence explains why she’s returning to ‘X-Men’

The actor's contract with the franchise expired after 2016's 'X-Men: Apocalypse' was completed

Jennifer Lawrence has explained why she is returning to the X-Men franchise, after her contract expired with 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

The actor plays the character of Raven Darkhölme (aka Mystique) in the movies, who has the ability to shapeshift and heal quickly, amongst others.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she explained it was director Simon Kinberg who convinced her to sign up for next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. “Because when I was trying to talk Simon into directing, he said something like, ‘If I direct it, you have to do it,'” she said. “And I was like, ‘Of course! Duh!'”

She continued: “He’s been writing these characters for so long and he knows them so deeply. I suddenly felt more connected to my character than I ever have been before.”

Lawrence did reveal one downside to playing Raven in the movies – having to be painted head-to-toe in blue paint. “I love these movies, it’s just the paint,” she said. “I was 20 [in X-Men: First Class] and I didn’t care about fumes and toxins, and now I’m almost 25 and I’m like, ‘I can’t even pronounce this and that’s going in my nose? I’m breathing that?'”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will also star Michael Fassbender and Game Of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner. The movie will be released in cinemas on November 2, 2018.