Published On: Thu, Apr 16th, 2015

‘X-Men Apocalypse’ adds Olivia Munn as Psylocke

Olivia Munn has officially made the transition from comic book geek to comic book character as she has been cast as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse.

The news came via director Bryan Singer’s Instagram: “Excited to welcome @oliviamunn as Betsy Braddock! #Psylocke #XmenApocalypse #XMEN.”

Munn landing the hosting gig on Attack of the Show, a sort of geek TV show where hosts discuss the movie, TV and video game news of the day. Since transitioning from that, she’s continued to work in many different films, and truly gain some looks on HBO’s Aaron Sorkin show The Newsroom.

Psylocke cover New Exiles 9Fans will be eager to see how Psylocke fits into these new X-Men stories. A version of the character appeared briefly in X-Men: The Last Stand, but it wasn’t the powerful psychic/warrior fans were used to from the comics.

Psylocke was part of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, being chosen by Archangel to become Death. Notes Wikipedia: “For that Archangel used the Celestial tool known as the Death Seed to transform Betsy into the new Horseman of Death. The “Age of Apocalypse” version of Jean Grey invades her mind to release Betsy from Archangel’s control.”

Munn as Psylocke is the latest in a long list of brand new mutants who’ll be introduced in the new film. While X-Men Days of Future Past worked to blend the former and current franchises, Apocalypse is working toward setting up a whole new world.

Written by by Simon Kinberg, Dan Harris, and Michael Dougherty, the film stars James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Rose Byrne, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Many expect Channing Tatum to make his first appearance as Gambit, who gets a standalone film in October of 2016.

Oscar Isaac will star as Apocalypse and Ben Hardy will play Angel, the character who is turned into Archangel and appears to be tied to this storyline.

X-Men Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27, 2016.

X-Men Psylocke cover


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