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Olivia Munn joins X-Men: Apocalypse as Psylocke

04.13.2015

After years of lobbying to play a superhero, Olivia Munn is finally going to get to be one. Bryan Singer revealed the news via his Twitter account and Instagram feed.

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

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Olivia Munn joins the franchise at the point where several established cast-members including Jennifer Lawrence are preparing to bow out of the series. Munn is definitely the sort of eye candy that would fit in with the roster of babes that includes Halle Berry, Famke Janseen, Rose Byrne, and more who have graced the franchise over the years. While some have criticized Munn's persona as being manufactured, she has developed a large fan-base since her time as a host on G4. Personally, I think she makes a great fit for the series.

The character of Psylocke has been both a telepath along the lines of Jean Grey and a female ninja in her run in the comics. She appeared briefly in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, played by Meiling Melançon, and was in an early draft of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Munn should bring a nice interpretation to the role and we all know she will look damn good in the uniform.

The cast of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is shaping up very nicely. All that remains is to see if Bryan Singer has plans for Cable to make an appearance. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is slated to hit theaters on May 27, 2016.

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11:03PM on 04/14/2015
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3:52PM on 04/14/2015

Hmm...

Well, I love Psylocke, so I'm psyched to hear she's in the movie. She's a great character. Now... about Olivia Munn? I'm not sure.... I mean, yeah she looks nice... but can she act the part?
Well, I love Psylocke, so I'm psyched to hear she's in the movie. She's a great character. Now... about Olivia Munn? I'm not sure.... I mean, yeah she looks nice... but can she act the part?
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1:10PM on 04/14/2015
The casting choice is fine. I had Jamie Chung, Olivia Munn and Maggie Q as my top three choices, so this is fine by me. The only problem is Singer is an idiot. She will look nothing like Psylocke. Maybe some purple streaks in her hair and and all black leather jump suit. Singer does not give a shit about the costumes or the character's comic history. Just look at Sabre Tooth.
The casting choice is fine. I had Jamie Chung, Olivia Munn and Maggie Q as my top three choices, so this is fine by me. The only problem is Singer is an idiot. She will look nothing like Psylocke. Maybe some purple streaks in her hair and and all black leather jump suit. Singer does not give a shit about the costumes or the character's comic history. Just look at Sabre Tooth.
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3:49PM on 04/14/2015
I'm curious, what part of Singer's direction with Sabertooth bothered you? Was it in the first one or Origins?

I only ask, cause I think of it this way... His only appearance in an actual Singer film was pretty spot on for me. He was feral and had a mysterious past with Wolverine (what a missed opportunity.) The costume was shit, though. Origins totally came out of left field and changed it all up, but none of that was Singer's handiwork.

In fact, I felt that all of the villains in the
I'm curious, what part of Singer's direction with Sabertooth bothered you? Was it in the first one or Origins?

I only ask, cause I think of it this way... His only appearance in an actual Singer film was pretty spot on for me. He was feral and had a mysterious past with Wolverine (what a missed opportunity.) The costume was shit, though. Origins totally came out of left field and changed it all up, but none of that was Singer's handiwork.

In fact, I felt that all of the villains in the first 2 films were pretty great adaptations of their comic book personalities. Mystique was a bit off for me, to be honest, but I never hated it too hard. I absolutely hated what they did with Rogue though. I love Rogue. She is one of my favorite X-Men characters. I don't even hate Anna Paquin. But what they did to her in the movies, that was lame. And I totally lay the blame on Singer and co. for that. He was even approaching Phoenix right in X2 in my opinion. I really felt like, with some minor exceptions like Rogue and costuming, he had a handle on it. It all went bad for me with X3 and Origins.

His return to the series for DoFP? I'm a little more on the fence there. As a movie I was thrilled with it, but there where some issues. I'm still not sold on his aesthetic, but it's what we've got... and I had issues with some character changes and adaptations... but I still feel like it's a step in the right direction. Well, almost. I get that everyone Loves HJ and wolverine, but I really miss Kitty in this storyline. I feel like the XCU is too Wolverine centric, and that their are so many great characters being under utilized in favor of Logan. But the X-Men comics got that way for awhile too, so what do I know.
8:00AM on 04/14/2015
Wouldn't be my first choice, but she should do fine. She's gotten better at acting the more roles shes gotten. If anything, people will be pissed to see her because they already have a bad taste for her going in.
Wouldn't be my first choice, but she should do fine. She's gotten better at acting the more roles shes gotten. If anything, people will be pissed to see her because they already have a bad taste for her going in.
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7:17AM on 04/14/2015
Look wise she seems perfect. Looking at her on Rotten Tomatoes I can see she was in Iron Man 2 and Date Night both of which I've seen but I can't remember her at all. Strange because she is seriously hot!!! Apart from that I haven't seen any of her work. Ouch! She's been in some really bad stuff. Lol! From some of the posts below it sounds like she doesn't act as good as she looks.........
Look wise she seems perfect. Looking at her on Rotten Tomatoes I can see she was in Iron Man 2 and Date Night both of which I've seen but I can't remember her at all. Strange because she is seriously hot!!! Apart from that I haven't seen any of her work. Ouch! She's been in some really bad stuff. Lol! From some of the posts below it sounds like she doesn't act as good as she looks.........
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11:19PM on 04/13/2015
GREAT!
GREAT!
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11:15PM on 04/13/2015
I've never really liked her, but if she has limited lines she'll do fine as she has the look.
I've never really liked her, but if she has limited lines she'll do fine as she has the look.
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11:04PM on 04/13/2015
How about Jamie Chung? Seriously, she looks the part and she practically played the role in Dragonball Evolution.

Brian Singer thinks that because we like Olivia Munn we want to have her play Psylocke. This would be like me casting Tom Cruise in a movie because I think gay men will like him. How the @#$% do I know what gay men want to see? Likewise Brian Singer just doesn't know what kinds of women straight men like.
How about Jamie Chung? Seriously, she looks the part and she practically played the role in Dragonball Evolution.

Brian Singer thinks that because we like Olivia Munn we want to have her play Psylocke. This would be like me casting Tom Cruise in a movie because I think gay men will like him. How the @#$% do I know what gay men want to see? Likewise Brian Singer just doesn't know what kinds of women straight men like.
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10:39PM on 04/13/2015
She's annoying as hell and can't act for shit. She's bangable, which is apparently enough. Sucks.
She's annoying as hell and can't act for shit. She's bangable, which is apparently enough. Sucks.
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11:07PM on 04/13/2015
She can act but she wouldn't be my first choice.
She can act but she wouldn't be my first choice.
10:04PM on 04/13/2015
Aaron Rodgers is tearing her up.
Aaron Rodgers is tearing her up.
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8:30PM on 04/13/2015
I have no problem with Munn being cast in this film.
I have no problem with Munn being cast in this film.
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8:28PM on 04/13/2015
Munn is a very good cast for Psylocke. I'm down with this.
Munn is a very good cast for Psylocke. I'm down with this.
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8:25PM on 04/13/2015

ehh...

Hopefully she has a few lines and does her job with the stunt work because I am not really crazy about her as an actress.
Hopefully she has a few lines and does her job with the stunt work because I am not really crazy about her as an actress.
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8:17PM on 04/13/2015
NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This sucks so much. It's not that I don't think she'll be able to do a decent job. It's the fact that I can't stand her.
NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This sucks so much. It's not that I don't think she'll be able to do a decent job. It's the fact that I can't stand her.
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9:16PM on 04/13/2015
Point for honesty. It's cool to recognize the talent or skills or capability of a person, but hating their guts regardless.
Point for honesty. It's cool to recognize the talent or skills or capability of a person, but hating their guts regardless.
9:41PM on 04/13/2015
Thank ya. :-)
Thank ya. :-)
8:02PM on 04/13/2015
I was rooting for Pom Klementieff, as suggested by Netforce: [link]
I was rooting for Pom Klementieff, as suggested by Netforce: [link]
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9:14PM on 04/13/2015
That was quite a big while ago! Thanks, Jedd :]
That was quite a big while ago! Thanks, Jedd :]
10:58PM on 04/13/2015
No worries Netforce, I've always remembered that as a good shout!
No worries Netforce, I've always remembered that as a good shout!
7:59PM on 04/13/2015

Late April Fools joke, right?

Right?!
Right?!
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7:33PM on 04/13/2015
I'm sure she'll be great.
I'm sure she'll be great.
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7:15PM on 04/13/2015
She definitely has the look and physique for the role, but not so sure how good of a performance she'll bring. I'll wait and see consdering the franchise has been spot on with most of the actors they have cast for their primary roles. So I don't really expect Singer to screw up now considering how high the stakes are.
She definitely has the look and physique for the role, but not so sure how good of a performance she'll bring. I'll wait and see consdering the franchise has been spot on with most of the actors they have cast for their primary roles. So I don't really expect Singer to screw up now considering how high the stakes are.
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9:06PM on 04/13/2015
She can put on a good performance. If you haven't watched The Newsroom, you really, really should.
She can put on a good performance. If you haven't watched The Newsroom, you really, really should.
7:02PM on 04/13/2015
Munn wouldn't be my first choice for the role but she has the right physique for Psylocke.
Munn wouldn't be my first choice for the role but she has the right physique for Psylocke.
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6:41PM on 04/13/2015
Got a nervous excited feeling about this - Psylockes always been my favourite character from my favourite series, just don't want them to balls it up. Never seen this chick in anything (except apparently iron man 2 according to film creds, tho don't remember her), but I guess she looks the part. Assume there will be no Brit accent, which is a shame.
Got a nervous excited feeling about this - Psylockes always been my favourite character from my favourite series, just don't want them to balls it up. Never seen this chick in anything (except apparently iron man 2 according to film creds, tho don't remember her), but I guess she looks the part. Assume there will be no Brit accent, which is a shame.
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6:39PM on 04/13/2015
I really like her character. I don't remember her at all in X3 (what'd she do?). I just hope the film's not too crowded where we can't see her, and others, shine. Hope she kills it
I really like her character. I don't remember her at all in X3 (what'd she do?). I just hope the film's not too crowded where we can't see her, and others, shine. Hope she kills it
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6:35PM on 04/13/2015
Great casting! I love both Munn and Psylocke, so its a match made in heaven.
Great casting! I love both Munn and Psylocke, so its a match made in heaven.
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6:16PM on 04/13/2015
I guess I'm the only one who doesn't agree with this casting. I just wish it was the original five battling Apocalypse, leave Magneto out of it
I guess I'm the only one who doesn't agree with this casting. I just wish it was the original five battling Apocalypse, leave Magneto out of it
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6:03PM on 04/13/2015
I like this casting choice. As Jedly75 stated below, she's become a better actress by being in The Newsroom. Any actor who can handle Sorkin's dialogue is worthy of at least some respect. I'm going to guess we get a fight scene between her and Lawrence/Mystique at some point in this movie.
I like this casting choice. As Jedly75 stated below, she's become a better actress by being in The Newsroom. Any actor who can handle Sorkin's dialogue is worthy of at least some respect. I'm going to guess we get a fight scene between her and Lawrence/Mystique at some point in this movie.
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5:15PM on 04/13/2015
Yeah. This could work. Her acting got better as the newsroom went on. But, can you do and English accent?
Yeah. This could work. Her acting got better as the newsroom went on. But, can you do and English accent?
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6:19PM on 04/13/2015
Please. No body ever has a accent in Singers XMen universe. Storm, Colossus, Moira, Rogue. Nightcrawler is probably the only exception.
Please. No body ever has a accent in Singers XMen universe. Storm, Colossus, Moira, Rogue. Nightcrawler is probably the only exception.
6:41PM on 04/13/2015
I was wondering that too. Is Tatum in this?
I was wondering that too. Is Tatum in this?
5:10PM on 04/13/2015
purrrfect
purrrfect
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8:21PM on 04/13/2015
OK, why did you do a Catwoman perfect?
OK, why did you do a Catwoman perfect?
9:04PM on 04/13/2015
cause shes a kitty?
cause shes a kitty?
9:53PM on 04/13/2015
She's not.
She's not.
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4:45PM on 04/13/2015
On point casting, at least looks wise. Hell yes!
On point casting, at least looks wise. Hell yes!
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4:42PM on 04/13/2015

Hoping and praying...

That the costume is a direct translation from the comics. Can I get a thumbs up from the gallery?
That the costume is a direct translation from the comics. Can I get a thumbs up from the gallery?
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4:43PM on 04/13/2015
Amen!
Amen!
4:50PM on 04/13/2015
Amen, brotha man!
Amen, brotha man!
4:53PM on 04/13/2015
You have my thumb.
You have my thumb.
2:21AM on 04/14/2015
And my bow.
And my bow.
4:39PM on 04/13/2015

hmmmmm

Looks wise: 100% SPOT ON
Acting wise: 0% Spot on

Shall wait and see.
Looks wise: 100% SPOT ON
Acting wise: 0% Spot on

Shall wait and see.
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