Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Mystique in "X-Men Apocalypse." | Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Mystique in “X-Men Apocalypse.” | Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

It pays to have a bigwig movie star from your hometown, becomes sometimes they can pull the right strings and you could have the opportunity to see their new movie before the rest of the country. Case in point: The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation is hosting a screening of the new “X-Men: Apocalypse” film on Wednesday, May 25 — two days before it officially hits theaters (on May 27).

And because Lawrence is committed to charitable causes in her community, the sneak preview is a benefit for the nonprofit Meghan’s Mountain, which raises money for cancer patients and was created in honor of Louisvillian Sarah Meghan Steinberg, who shared her battle with cancer with the world.

"X-Men: Apocalypse" opens Friday, May 27. | Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
“X-Men: Apocalypse” opens Friday, May 27. | Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Unfortunately, because Lawrence is out promoting her new film, she won’t be able to attend the screening, but she’ll be represented by her parents Karen and Gary and brothers Ben and Blane, along with their wives Meredith and Carson. Lawrence’s sister-in-law, Meredith Lawrence, says the actress never hesitates to support great causes and was touched by Steinberg’s story.

“Jennifer’s enthusiasm and compassion for kids, especially those in need, is incredible,” says Meredith in a press release. “It’s an honor for the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation to partner with Meghan’s Mountain to further the vision and great work of an incredible woman, Meghan Steinberg.”

The event, which will be held at Baxter Avenue Theatres, begins at 5:15 p.m. with a cocktail hour. There will be appetizers by local chefs Dean Corbett and Anoosh Shariat, as well as a silent auction on Lawrence-related memorabilia and gift baskets from local organizations and businesses. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $100 and include everything listed above.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog ( daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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