Olivia Munn has been cast as one of the more memorable classic mutants in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Betsy Braddock, better known as Psylocke, will be joining the cast in what could be the most anticipated film in the series since Days of Future Past.
With Oscar Isaac as the iconic Apocalypse, it seems we’re in for a visual tour-de-force once more, as several classic favorites keep joining the X-Men: Apocalypse cast. Technically, none of the characters announced so far (except the titular character himself) are new to the series, having been in previous films, often portrayed by other actors or actresses. Everyone except Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), who is only rumored to be in it, has been re-cast.
One of the most controversial re-castings we heard of was Remy Lebeau (Gambit), as Channing Tatum took over the role from Taylor Kitsch, who had surprisingly little screen time in the first Wolverine. He is the other character who is only rumored to be in the upcoming film.
Returning mutants from The Last Stand have all been re-cast due to the different time period, though Angel, Psylocke, and Jubilee will be head-scratchers. All three were, apparently, born earlier as a result of rewriting history, since they all seem to be the same age as they were the last time.
Fans might easily embrace Olivia Munn as Psylocke, though, since she’s not a stranger to cosplay. Comic Book has an image of her dressed as Street Fighter‘s Chun Li, as an example. The part Munn might find challenging is the fact that Psylocke was an expert martial arts fighter. Psylocke’s powers have changed from time to time in the comics, but Bryan Singer has shown he isn’t against deviating from the norm.
In Days of Future Past, Singer gave Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) the ability to send someone’s mind back in time, a power the character never had before.
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One question still remains after all of these re-cast additions to the X-Men: Apocalypse cast: Who are the four horsemen going to be? Psylocke may be one of them, since she was one of Magneto’s followers in The Last Stand. Ben Hardy’s Angel was almost confirmed from the moment his concept outfit hit the internet, with knives replacing feathers in his wings.
With the addition of Olivia Munn as Psylocke, who else might join Bryan Singer’s upcoming ensemble cast?
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