Jennifer Lawrence is in charge now – watch the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer

Forget everything you think you know about the X-Men.

Forget everything you think you now about the X-Men.

Professor X and Magneto are stepping aside in X-Men: Apocalypse leaving Jennifer Lawrence to take charge of the mutant crew.

The Hunger Games has powered Lawrence onto the A-list, eclipsing both James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender when it comes to box office clout. That’s some turnaround from 2011’s First Class when Lawrence was an up-and-comer who’d yet to play Katniss Everdeen. Or win an Oscar, for that matter.

The brand new X-Men trailer pulls Lawrence’s blue-skinned Mystique front and centre as the warring mutants put their differences aside to battle Oscar Isaac’s immortal villain Apocalypse.

If Mystique’s rabble-rousing speech in this teaser can’t power the X-Men to victory then what will?

X-Men: Apocalypse Jennifer Lawrence
New leader Bow down before J-Law in X-Men: Apocalypse, Image Picture 20th Century Fox

Expiring cast contracts mean this film is expected to be the final instalment in the McAvoy/Fassbender/Lawrence X-Men run, although Lawrence says there’s still hope of her coming back (paint fumes withstanding).

“I love working with Bryan (Singer, director), and I love these movies,” she said. “It’s just the paint… [the] fumes and toxins. 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?’

“There is hope [of coming back]. I don’t want to not be asked.”

Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner is a new addition to Apocalypse as a young Jean Grey (a role originally played by Famke Janssen), while Tye Sheridan will crop up as laser-eyed Cyclops and Alexandra Shipp is taking over from Halle Berry as Storm.

Keep you eyes peeled for Olivia Munn as Psylocke and, unexpectedly, Ben Hardy of EastEnders fame as winged bad guy Angel.

X-Men: Apocalypse will open in cinemas in May 2016.

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