X-Men: First Class sequel to begin shooting in January 2013; working around Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games schedule

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X-Men: First Class was a movie that really should not have worked. Rebooting the history of an established franchise was already a tricky endeavour, but even more so for director Matthew Vaughn who faced a studio mandated release date before any work had even begun, leaving him with a mere 4 months to produce a film.

And yet, under all that pressure, he produced an incredible film, probably my personal favourite of all the Marvel superhero movies.

Luckily, the studio learnt their lessons and will not be placing any crazy deadlines on him for the sequel. He just can’t start filming before next year January due to the involvement of one of his actresses, Jennifer Lawrence, in this little movie you might have heard of.

Lawrence, who plays blue-skinned shape-shifting mutant Mystique in the X-Men prequels, is supposed to be filming Catching Fire, the sequel to the massive critical and box-office smash hit, The Hunger Games from August to January. (Yep, yet another rushed 4 month shooting schedule. Lawrence must just love these.)

Seeing as Fox Studios already had Lawrence tied up in a contract for the X-Men sequel before her involvement in The Hunger Games, they could have exercised their right to prevent her from filming, but they appeared to have worked out an agreement with Lionsgate, the studio producing The Hunger Games franchise.

Vaughn – who co-wrote the script for First Class – will only be in the director’s chair this time around, while writer Simon Kinberg (Mr and Mrs Smith, Jumper, Sherlock Holmes) has been confirmed to be on solo scripting duties for the sequel. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and the rest of the cast are all expected to be returning as well.

Last Updated: April 10, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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