Olivia Munn is joining the cast of “X-Men: Apocalypse” as the telepathic mutant Psylocke.
Director Bryan Singer announced Munn’s casting on his Instagram account Monday.
Psylocke, aka Betsy Braddock, was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Herb Trimpe, and made her comic book debut in 1976 in the Marvel U.K. series “Captain Britain,” as the titular character’s twin sister. Over the years, she became a heroine in her own right and through a series of complicated events acquired the body and skills of a Japanese ninja named Kwannon.
Munn, whose previous credits include “The Newsroom” and “Magic Mike,” joins a cast of up-and-comers, including Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Sophie Turner (as Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and newcomer Lana Condor (Jubilee).
Oscar Isaac is set to play the popular titular villain of the 1990s story line “Age of Apocalypse.” The character, also known as En Sabah Nur, appeared in an end-credits cameo in last year’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” also directed by Singer.
“X-Men” veterans Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne are reprising roles they previously played in the film franchise.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is due in theaters May 27, 2016.
– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark
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