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Olivia Munn to Play Psylocke in Next Summer's 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

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April 13, 2015

Olivia Munn / Psylocke

Perhaps the only thing more abundant than Disney's plans for a new live-action adaptation of their animated classics is news of yet another cast member joining the mutant ranks of X-Men: Apocalypse. And today brings one more addition to the comic book sequel with director Bryan Singer revealing on Instagram that "The Newsroom" and Magic Mike co-star Olivia Munn will be taking the role of Betsy Braddock, who fans probably know better as the psychic warrior Psylocke. The character was only briefly glimpsed in X-Men: The Last Stand, but this will be the first time the mutant will be prominently featured.

Here's the X-Men: Apocalypse casting update from Bryan Singer himself today:

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

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Psylocke has also been one of the title villain Apocalypse's (Oscar Isaac) Four Horseman, so she may not be a good guy all the time. Munn joins a long list of new cast members taking on the roles of both new mutants, and young versions of mutants we've seen before. Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Kodi Smit-McPhee join the team as Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops and Nightcrawler respectively with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Rose Byrne all reprising their franchise roles. Meanwhile, newcomer Lana Condor will be Jubilee, Ben Hardy has been confirmed to play Angel (see concept art here) and Evan Peters is supposed to show up as Quicksilver again. There's certainly going to be a lot going on in this one., so stay tuned for more updates.

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Reader Feedback - 25 Comments

1

I think she gets a bad rap in some circles because she used the show AOTS to springboard her career when she clearly knew nothing about tech on that show. I think she may have belittled the tech communities/geeks but personally none of this bothers me, but from what I've come across I'd say that is the source of a lot of people's anger.

Matthew on Apr 13, 2015

2

she was a host , prob not being paid to be a geek ; paid for people to see a pretty face /hip young interviewer .. nobody SHOULD have taken her seriously as a tech geek ....

Dominic on Apr 14, 2015

3

That was G4TV's whole shtick, hot woman, geeky guy, inevitable slave Leia costume, boners for g4 guys.

Xerxexx on Apr 14, 2015

4

Did you ever watch G4? That's all it was, Morgan Webb, Laura Foy, and Tina Wood were the only credible hosts to be featured on the shows associated with G4.

Xerxexx on Apr 15, 2015

5

I agree, Munn will be great.

Xerxexx on Apr 20, 2015

6

LOL, this lady is not an actress, she is eye candy for nerds. How she is still around amazes me.

Brian Sleider on Apr 13, 2015

7

Eye candy for nerds - in a movie for nerds. Makes a lot of sense to me.

Jay on Apr 13, 2015

8

Not like there are women out there who can act AND look good.....

Brian Sleider on Apr 13, 2015

9

and she's PERFECT for Psylocke ! IF Singer didn't want to double dip with Kelly Hu , a better 1st choice kudos to Casting ..they did their job ..... Now , up to the director to get a good movie out of her . don't be so cruel , ..until you look u the movie where she and a guy were on the run , in Canada ...prob find it at IMDB ...you may have only seen here in comedies

Dominic on Apr 14, 2015

10

You cannot get a good movie out of a bad actor.

Brian Sleider on Apr 14, 2015

11

well only if that bad actor is the lead .... she;s more part of the ensemble , and only has to emote the Betsy Braddock story .. again u blame the director , if she flops , before her

Dominic on Apr 15, 2015

12

She was apart of a relatively good HBO series.

Xerxexx on Apr 14, 2015

13

Not even GOOD eye candy. I think there are way better choices out there. Jamie Chung or if you want an older woman Maggie Q.

David Brown on Apr 14, 2015

14

Calling it now, Bo will be a cosplyer by the time infinity wars rolls around.

mooreworthy on Apr 13, 2015

15

lol do you read comic books ? or did you when u were a kid .... apparently not , or you would get the allure of "these movies" ..why they are so popular... btw there's no worse REALITY , than your Existence being wiped out ... by robots or alternate universes ... But wait a minute :take the mutant aspect out of it , and DOFP is just a good -guys -get -the -bad-guys , movie .. no different in scripting , than the movies with all your heroes u mentioned ... just stick to that "Spy vs Spy " reality ( black vs white , good vs bad ) of the story , and u can enjoy it .. Maybe there's too many anti-heroes for you ( Wolverine , Mystique Magneto, an addicted Charles , and NIXON Lol ... ) ; we don't believe in the Good Guy with no flaws , in THIS era of movie-making ... it was very well plotted out ; no holes one could win a " No-Prize " for ...

Dominic on Apr 14, 2015

16

which ONE of those "noble lie narratives" would that be ?? , it's just entertainment , of a form representative of that artwork we read when we were younger .., told in the same way every other movie has , since The Wizard of Oz ... unless we identify with the villain , and not the hero , I don't see the problem

Dominic on Apr 15, 2015

17

Your amazingly pretentious. first of all, don't give a shit what kind of tv you have, second ya that fictional movie about superheroes is a little far fetched. and 3rd of course how could we not like your movie right....

Marc on Apr 14, 2015

18

Love that quote from a guy who throws up walls of text to proclaim his intelligence to an "idiot".

Panzerknecker on Apr 16, 2015

19

Thank you, I did.

Panzerknecker on Apr 17, 2015

20

Ahhhh Bo and his infamous distaste for the movies surrounding superheroes. I honestly dont think you're trying to "get a grip" on why these movies are so popular. I think that you are in fact intrigued deep down which is why you decided (not forced) to watch DOFP. AND, i also bet that you didnt dislike it as much as you claim to, since you have mentioned before that you have taken a chance on other movies as well. You may hate em, BUT, you're continuing to watch em, on your "big screen tv" no less. Anyhoo, I understand you're from a different time, and you seem to still be stuck on that different time but times are changing. Doesnt mean you have to adapt, but you do have to accept it. Comic books were very popular in the late 70s and early 80s and actually still are today, this was what many of this generation grew up with. The fact that they have transitioned now to cinema along with the growth of technology is needless to say just very cool. Why is that so hard to comprehend? I can honestly say that I love Brando, i love Orson, i love Gene, De Niro, Pacino, McQueen, etc as well, and their movies are great (within their time); however it doesnt mean all else is pointless/meaningless to watch. Nevertheless, I bet that you'll continue to complain, OR, you'll continue to provoke argument (probably just to stir the pot), whichever the case may be, my advice is just to relax and take joy in watching these movies just cause they're "fun" to watch................Or dont.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 14, 2015

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Hmmmm. Soooooo you mean to tell me that an intellectual (self-proclaimed that is) like yourself is taking the time to come to each of these forums (forums regarding comic book movies) just to smear shi+ on them along with peoples intelligence??? The way you reply back to some of these posts almost seems as though you just have nothing better to do than actually doing something productively to change peoples lives, views, awareness, or whatever you're so desperately trying to reach at by continuing to come back here.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 14, 2015

22

I think she's a very good choice... maybe she's not the best actress around but she's got the right looks. And when a director is good, even passable actors can deliver good performances.

Zed68 on Apr 14, 2015

23

Horrible casting choice here!!! All those actresses busting their butts in LA trying to get a booking while working at The Coffee Bean and they give Munn the role....C'mon Hollywood....book some new talent, give some hungry actors a shot....please 😉

PikeyOneil on Apr 14, 2015

24

She can't be worse than the shit show that was January Jones in X MEN FIRST CLASS.

DAVIDPD on Apr 15, 2015

25

Ah, yes. It's like every Geek and Nerd's Masturbatory/Wet-Dream.

Mark Brackney on Apr 18, 2015

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