X-Men Update: Olivia Munn Will Play Psylocke in Apocalypse
Director Bryan Singer has announced via Twitter and Instagram that Oliver Munn will be playing the dual role of Betsy Braddock and Psylocke – whose powers are telepathy and telekinesis – in X-Men: Apocalypse, scheduled to release next year.
Munn, 34, is known for her work in “The Newsroom” where she played Sloan Sabbith, and as Chess Roberts in the Robert Downey Jr. starrer “Iron Man 2.”
According to CNN, creators of Psylocke, Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe, made the character for “Captain Britain.” She featured in the series throughout the 1970s and ’80s.
Since her first appearance among the X-Men line-up in 1987’s “Uncanny X-Men” No. 213, she has been featured as part of the main team and in spin-off series like “Exiles” and “X-Force,” the Daily Mail reports.
However, a lot of her has not been seen in movie versions. She appeared in “X-Men: The Last Stand,” released in 2006, as one of the villains following Magneto. However, the role, played by U.S. actress Mei Melançon, was very brief.
Munn’s co-stars include James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence and Rose Byrne. As reported by BBC, it was announced last week that Ben Hardy will play Angel in “Apocalypse.”
Hardy is known for his role of Peter Beale in “EastEnders.”
Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence will not be playing Mystique, the shape-shifting mutant, in any movie versions of X-Men following “Apocalypse,” as she had announced at the premiere of her new movie, “Serena.”
Apocalypse is slated to be released in 2016 along with two more X-Men installments: Deadpool and Gambit.
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