Olivia Munn is bringing one of Marvel‘s more popular mutants to life in 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” as revealed by director Bryan Singer Monday on his personal Instagram account: “Excited to welcome @oliviamunn as Betsy Braddock! #Psylocke #XmenApocalypse #XMEN”
Munn is a familiar face to many fans of genre entertainment, having co-hosted G4’s “Attack of the Show!” from 2006 to 2010. Her acting resume has grown significantly in recent years, with roles in “Magic Mike,” “Deliver Us From Evil” and HBO’s “The Newsroom,” along with a brief appearance in “Iron Man 2.” She joins a cast including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters and Oscar Isaac as the titular villain.
Betsy Braddock/Psylocke was created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe, and first appeared in 1976’s “Captain Britain” #8, before being introduced into X-Men mythology a decade later with 1986’s “New Mutants Annual” #2. She became a prominent X-Men team member, and one of the the most popular characters, in the midst of the X-books’ early ’90s popularity. A character named Psylocke, played by Meiling MelanÃ§on, appeared briefly in 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand.”
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.
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