Psylocke has finally arrived in the X-Men movie universe, and who better to play her than everyone’s favorite geek girl, Olivia Munn.
The news was shared by none other than X-Men director Bryan Singer who tweeted “Excited to welcome @oliviamunn as Betsy Braddock” along with a link to an Instagram photo of Munn.
The 34-year-old Munn is the perfect choice to play Psylocke. You can say the two underwent similar journeys.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) April 13, 2015
— Geek Guardians (@Geek_Guardians) April 13, 2015
Psylocke, aka Betsey Braddock, is one of the X-Men characters who have undergone sweeping changes. She initially started out as this meek character with butterfly-themed powers. Known mostly as the twin of Captain Britain, she morphed into this badass, pseudo-Asian, energy-sword wielding ninja with psychic abilities mutant that she is in the comics today.
While Munn admittedly hasn’t undergone anything as drastic as changing bodies with a Japanese assassin, she still has come a long way from her days as a co-host of G4’s nerdy but groundbreaking talk show Attack of the Show, where she reviewed movies, video games and other stuff considered too geeky to discuss on CNN.
An avid and unabashed cosplayer, Munn is also no stranger to dressing up in costumes. She has dressed up in pretty much everything, but her Wonder Woman and Slave Leia costumes are two of her most memorable and popular ones.
Olivia Munn dressed as Wonder Woman, and she looks so good. Oh my goodness. Im swooning. pic.twitter.com/joLj34v3Dg
— Steve & Steven (UNE) (@UrbanNoize) July 24, 2014
Munn will be joining Sophie Turner and Ben Hardy who will play Jean Grey and Angel respectively in the next installment of the franchise. X-Men: Apocalypse will also feature Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Evan Peters who will each reprise their roles from the previous X-Men movie. Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, who played Magneto and Professor X originally, will not be returning in this outing.
X-Men: Apocalypse is slated to be released in theaters on May 2016.