Olivia Munn joins ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

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Olivia Munn will play Psylocke in "X-Men: Apocalypse" film

Psylocke trended for hours on Twitter after director Bryan Singer announced casting

The Hollywood Reporter  — 

Add another fan-favorite character to the cast of next year’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” with director Bryan Singer announcing via Instagram that Olivia Munn will play the telepathic Psylocke in the follow-up to “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Singer revealed that the “Newsroom” actress would play Betsy Braddock in the movie (presumably before the confusing and complicated plot twist that saw Psylocke change from a Caucasian former supermodel to a Japanese ninja for no immediately obvious reason).

“Apocalypse” is currently in production for a summer 2016 release.

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The comic book’s Psylocke was created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe for the British “Captain Britain” series, where she appeared throughout the 1970s and ’80s, before joining the X-Men in 1987’s “Uncanny X-Men” No. 213. Since that time, she has been a mainstay both of the main team and spin-off series including “Exiles” and “X-Force.”

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Munn will join a cast that includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence in the movie, which hits theaters May 27, 2016.

Munn is repped by Creative Artists Agency and Atlas Artists.

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