X-MEN: APOCALYPSE — Simon Kinberg talks Mystique and Beast, 80s Setting

What we know so far about X-Men: Apocalypse is that Bryan Singer is directing, James McAvoy might finally be bald as Professor X, and it will be set in the 80s. Many of the X-Men: First Class cast will be returning to reprise their roles, as it's a continuation of their storyline. Mystique played by Jennifer Lawrence has become a more central character in the X-Men universe since First Class — it’s likely because Lawrence is the star of the very popular Hunger Games movies, and is a better actress than previous Mystique, Rebecca RomijnCollider was able to talk with producer Simon Kinberg about the Days of Future Past sequel, and here’s what he said about Mystique’s relationships to other characters:

"The relationship between Beast and Mystique is a really interesting one that we didn’t have a lot of time to explore in 'Days of Future Past,' so we’ll have an opportunity to do more of that in 'Apocalypse.’
“Part of what’s really interesting about Mystique’s character is that she is, in some ways, the child of both Erik and Charles. She grew up with Charles and then she sort of became a woman with Erik, so her being the cross-pollination, if you will, of those two philosophies and those two men is something we can explore in the movie too."

Kinberg on Apocalypse’s 80s setting: 

“We’re having a lot of fun with the idea of the 80s.  It’s a decade that Bryan and I both grew up in and so the music, the style, the aesthetic, the legacy of 80s movies is something we’re really having fun with.”

Kinberg also said that the movie will have some very big set pieces, which seems like a given. You can read the full interview at Collider.

X-Men: Apocalypse will rein destruction May 18th, 2016 (USA).   

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