‘X-Men’ Sequel Starts Filming Next January


Jennifer Lawrence is a certified all-star now. Not only is she the leading lady in the top-grossing movie of the year, but she also has movie studios filming their upcoming blockbusters around her schedule.

At least that’s the case according to The Hollywood Reporter. Their Heat Vision blog is reporting that 20th Century Fox is planning the shooting schedule for the “X-Men: First Class” sequel around Lawrence’s commitment to “The Hunger Games” sequel, “Catching Fire.” Take that, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender!

Fox is slating the “X-Men: First Class” sequel for a January 2013 start date. Originally the studio planned to have the film start lensing in the fall, but that would have been in direct conflict with “Catching Fire.” If Fox had wanted to start shooting their film in the fall, though, Lawrence would have had to go along with it as the studio would have been able to exercise the sequel clause in her contract, which was signed before she joined “The Hunger Games.”

Instead, Fox is fostering no ill will towards Lionsgate. “Catching Fire” is slated to start shooting in August or September, which should have it lined up for its November 2013 release date. The “First Class” sequel doesn’t have a release date yet.

Lawrence will come back on board as Mystique in the upcoming project, which will be directed by Matthew Vaughn. The film also stars McAvoy, Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Caleb Landry Jones and Lucas Till.

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