Olivia Munn Joins ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Cast as Psylocke

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Olivia Munn has joined the cast of “X-Men: Apocalypse,” signing on as Betsy Braddock, aka Psylocke.

Director Bryan Singer posted the news on Instagram on Monday.

Psylocke made her first appearance in the comicbooks in 1976, but hasn’t had a large presence in the films. The mutant’s only movie appearance was in 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” where she served as one of the minor villains following Magneto and was played by Mei Melançon. Psylocke’s powers have been altered a few times, but they include telepathy and telekinesis.

Munn joins previously announced newcomer Lana Condor, who’s playing Jubilee, as well as returning stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne. Oscar Isaac and Kodi Smit-McPhee are also set to join the franchise.

Munn recently starred alongside Johnny Depp in “Mortdecai,” as well as last year’s “Deliver Us From Evil.” She’s currently filming “Ride Along 2,” starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, which will bow early next year.

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, who played Magneto and Professor X, respectively, will not be returning for the next installment. “Apocalypse” will be Jennifer Lawrence’s last appearance as Mystique, she recently confirmed.

Singer is directing the film from a script by Simon Kinberg, Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” is set to bow on May 27, 2016.

Munn is repped by CAA and Atlas Artists.

Excited to welcome @oliviamunn as Betsy Braddock! #Psylocke #XmenApocalypse #XMEN

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  1. Wade Wilson says:

    The castings in the past two were godawful, so I am not the least bit surprised.

  2. Claudius says:

    as i read recently marvel is changing things around, not really killing any character, but their changing roles around so us fans would see characters we haven’t seen in years even in comics hell we may see Psylocke return as a main x men member like cyclops with things changing in marvel as they finally get serious with their movies i wouldn’t be surprised if Emma Frost makes a return

    if you dont remember who Psylocke is,

    Psylocke is the daughter of James Braddock her parents were murdered by the computer Mastermind she is a citizen of Otherworld her name is Elizabeth shes known as Bee Betsy or Lady Mandarin and is a inter-dimensional traveler that has very similar powers to jean at one point Psylocke’s telepathic powers got out of control she spent time in the x man mansion training with jean grey

    {there lots more to it but im not getting into all that}

    Psylocke has gone through different types of powers during her lifetime losing her original powers and body, she gained new powers and two new body forms one as “The Crimson Dawn” It gave her the red dagger tattoo on her left eye allowing her to hide and teleport through shadows losing her ability to use her telepathy in order to keep the Shadow King imprisoned in her mind focusing all her telepathic ability to keep him contained. it is said When Jean tried to help her, it caused Jean to give Psylocke telekinesis.,

    her other body form was when she awoke on an island near China without her memories. She was found by the evil ninja group “The Hand” Their leader infused her with his brain dead wife infusing both souls and their minds creating entirely new form called “Lady Mandarin”

    if both jean grey and Psylocke is in x men apocalypse then expect to see Crimson Dawn version as thats the one was around in the apocalypse arc.

  3. shin0bi272 says:

    Congrats to Olivia. Glad to see her career taking off after the crap she had to go through on G4 with AoTS.

  4. She isnt asian…yet no one is saying a word about it simply because she is white. But a black human torch and the internet freaks out.

  5. Chris Pine says:

    Dude, seriously? Olivia Munn is a good actress and a hard core nerdling. Why does it automatically have to be because of that? Misogynistic asshole.

  6. People forget Psylocke was used in x-Men three as a young girl.Guess they are pretending that movie never happened.

    • Jim G says:

      They’ve pretended a lot of stuff never happened. They’ve had too many conflicting things to reconcile them all. So they have chosen to just ignore a lot of stuff from past movies.

      • Claudius says:

        its better that way X three and first class sucked marvel is changing around getting serious with their hero movies which is about freaking time lol

  7. tyson says:

    Best X-men news ever!

  8. jbeddy says:

    Wasn’t Psylocke English/Japanese?
    Dear lord I hope she doesn’t do an accent.

    • She is half Chinese.

      • Mr Furious says:

        I think his point is that Psylocke should have a British accent and it is highly doubtful that someone with so little in acting ability like Olivia Munn can pull off a British accent. She can’t even pronounce MC Hammer correctly.

      • Lordecai says:

        Betsy Braddock is English. She is technically white, but due to an incident involving body swapping, she becomes half Japanese half Chinese. The current form of Psylocke is the half Chinese-half Japanese body of a Hand assassin.

  9. David says:

    Wonderful casting choice. She’ll be fantastic!

  10. mightymad says:

    This is starting to become the super-hero movie version of Too Many Cooks…

  11. Big Daddy D says:

    If you don’t like comic book movies, don’t f@#king watch it! WTF is wrong with you hating trolls?? Go watch a Downton Abbey marathon if you’re so in need of some “serious” acting. Otherwise, STFU!!!

    • Lifecheckauditor says:

      Shut up nerd. Keep your uneducated opinion quiet.

      • Big Daddy D says:

        Nerd? Absolutely! and proud of it! Uneducated? How so? I’m pretty sure that I can run circles around your ignorant ass when it comes to comic book lore.
        Soooo..when i last looked at my lifecheckauditor, you were still an ignorant prick, so STFU!!

  12. Billy says:

    I get that she’s very attractive, but man is she an awful actress.

    • bfs53 says:

      He’s calling you uneducated because of your poor use of the English language. Fix that, and your opinion will be considered.

      • Big Daddy D says:

        I think he was calling me uneducated for other reasons that I’m not aware of or privy to. Either way, he doesn’t know wtf he’s talking about!

      • bfs53 says:

        Holy hell, I didn’t even know we had private messages on this thing.

    • mightymad says:

      Obviously, this comment comes from someone who hasn’t watched “The Newsroom”…

      • Jason says:

        I’ve watched the “The Newsroom”, and Billy is right; Munn is an awful actress, particularly noticeable when she was surrounded by great actors who were acting circles around her. The only decent thing she did on that show was speak Japanese because Munn has lived in Japan and speaks Japanese. Other than that, her acting leaves little to be desired.

  13. Alex says:

    So what, Jennifer Lawrence will be the reason most people go to see it.

    • mightymad says:

      She wasn’t the reason for the last two movies, so I don’t know why she would be it this time around…

  14. What’s it matter? Singer is directing the movie, which means that she’ll just be put somewhere off in the background for a 4 second cameo as he focuses the entire movie on Wolverine – again. This guy’s whole philosophy with these mutant movies is to just have a long checklist of them and check them off when he’s had them on screen for just long enough to validate Wolverine being in a world with mutants.

    • Jim G says:

      Both Wolverine standalone movies out grossed First Class. They know the movie has much less box office appeal without Jackman…and none of these characters could really carry their own films other than Wolverine. They already ditched half of their rebooted cast from First Class and brought back the original cast to squeeze one last box office payday out of them. Now they are trying to reboot the cast again. There’s no real plan over at Fox, other than milking every penny they can out of the Xmen property. DOFP did well at the box office but it remains to be seen if they can get a big box office draw without the original cast. DOFP was basically an admission that First Class and their rebooted cast wasn’t nearly as successful as they had hoped. if they were smart, they would have done something along the lines of Whedon’s Astonishing Xmen run.

      • Clea says:

        do you forget to mention that both Wolverine movies did LESS in USA than the X-Men movies?
        And even The Wolverine did less in Usa than First Class. So the reason is not Wolverine, the reason is that domestic market is increasing. And Dofp made 750m ww, something Wolverine movies havent done, unlike Ironman or Captain America. Why? Because the world isnt as interested in Wolverine. But his fans cant accept that.

  15. you know nothing says:

    Wow, it’s like they’re trying to tank this movie.

  16. JSA says:

    people complaining about acting skills in a super hero movie? outside of Ironman 1 has any actor delivered..

    • TheDauterive says:

      Umm…I think Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have done wonderful work in the X-Men movies. The same can probably be for Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence as well.

      Given the fact that the scripts for the first three X-Men movies went from bad to worse, I think the work of Stewart, McKellen, and Jackman is that much more commendable.

  17. Marti386 says:

    UGH. There goes any chance of me watching this movie. I can’t stand Munn. She can’t act her way out of a wet paper bag.

  18. i hate this so much says:

    no

  19. LOL says:

    Argh, enough with this superhero rubbish, Hollywood.

  20. Stephen says:

    she’s proof that if you claw hard enough great things can happen to terrible people in hollywood

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