Olivia Munn signs on for X-Men: Apocalypse as the psychic mutant Psylocke

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May 21, 2015, 2:42 PM EDT (Updated)

The cast list for Bryan Singer’s upcoming sequel X-Men: Apocalypse continues to grow, and it's added another star who should be a familiar face for genre fans.

Singer has confirmed that Olivia Munn has joined the cast as Betsy Braddock, aka the X-Men team member Psylocke. Munn broke onto the scene with her memorable role in the geeky series Attack the Show! and eventually went on to pop up in everything from The Daily Show to Magic Mike. She also played a major role in HBO’s The Newsroom, which gave her a chance to stretch her acting chops.

It’s worth noting that Munn also had a minor role in Iron Man 2 as Chess Roberts, meaning she’ll be hitting both sides of the Marvel properties. An exceptional feat.

The character Psylocke has been kicking around the comics since 1976 and was initially introduced as the sister to Captain Britain. She is typically portrayed as having psychic powers (precognition, telepathy, telekinesis, etc.), so we imagine she should be a nice foil for Sophie Turner’s younger version of Jean Grey. The character previously showed up in minor cameos in X-Men: The Last Stand, but we imagine that’ll be ignored (thank you, new timeline).

Do you think Munn is a good choice for Psylocke? How do you think she’ll fit in?

(Via Bryan Singer, /Film)

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