Heat Vision reports that the sequel to X-Men: First Class will begin shooting in January.
The decision by 20th Century Fox is partly to ensure that Jennifer Lawrence can participate in the sequel without it interfering with production on the sequel to The Hunger Games.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox was originally planning on filming the Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men follow-up this fall, which would have conflicted with Lawrence’s Catching Fire, a movie Lionsgate is targeting for an August-September start date. If that had happened, however, Fox would have won out considering the studio would have been able to exercise the sequel option on her contract, which she signed before her Hunger Games deal.
Lawrence will reprise her role of Mystique and is expected to be joined again by the likes of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Caleb Landry Jones and Lucas Till.