As production ramps up for the highly anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse, Bryan Singer took to Instagram, as he does, to announce that Olivia Munn (The Newsroom) has been cast for the role of Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock aka Psylocke. Munn is among the many new faces joining the X-Men world for this film, alongside Kodi-Smit McPhee, Lana Condor, and Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner. See Singer’s announcement and learn more about Psylocke after the break.
Although a lesser known character to the average moviegoer, Psylocke has made appearances in the X-Men Cinematic Universe before. Psylocke’s name was on William Stryker’s list in X2: X-Men United, and she also appeared as a background character in X-Men: The Last Stand as part of Magneto’s army, a role fulfilled by actress Mei Melançon. And of course, now, Olivia Munn will embody the character answering the cries of many fans hoping to see her in the forefront of these films:
Munn is no stranger to dressing up like superheroes from when she was on Attack of the Show (RIP). Back in 2013, Ben-Wilsonham on DeviantArt thought she’d be perfect as Pyslocke and mocked up some concept. This man should buy a lotto ticket next. See his art below (Click to enlarge):
And here’s Marvel.com‘s description of her powers:
Psylocke can generate a telekinetic katana, or direct her telekinesis through her fists to strike as if she had superhuman strength; she is also immune to telepathic probes and attacks. Psylocke’s original powers were precognition, telepathy, mental bolts, mind control, and generating illusions.
Psylocke made her first appearance in comics back in 1976 in Captain Britain issue #8 as the title character’s twin sister. She would later join the X-Men in 1986.
I haven’t seen The Newsroom, where I’ve heard she is decent in, but Munn’s acting from what I’ve seen her in – Magic Mike, The Slammin’ Salmon, Deliver Us from Evil, and Date Night – hasn’t impressed me yet. This will be her first big action role, and I’m sure she’s up for the task, I just have my reservations as a fan who really wants to see the character portrayed well on the big screen. Her budding career is such that where she hasn’t had a role like this before and it will be good to see her doing something out of the ordinary for her.
Based on the already stacked cast, my guess is that she’ll be playing a supporting role though, much like Sunspot, Bishop, Colossus, Blink, and Warpath had in X-Men: Days of Future Past. But who knows? With her abilities, she is capable of big things and could play a significant role in stopping Apocalypse. Or maybe she’ll join Angel as one of the villain’s four horsemen.
Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse stars Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme aka Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy aka Beast, Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers aka Cyclops, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munro aka Storm, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy as Warren Worthington III aka Angel, and Lana Condor as Jubilation Lee aka Jubilee. The film is set to release on May 27, 2016.
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