Principal photography on X-Men: Apocalypse - the followup to X-Men: Days of Future Pastand the conclusion to the X-Men: First Class movie trilogy - may begin before this month draws to a close, with Bryan Singer for sure back in the director's chair. Singer honed his social media marketing skills throughout development on Days of Future Past, but has doubled his efforts with Apocalypse - having now broken multiple casting announcements for the film.
The latest update from Singer? Olivia Munn has joined the Apocalypse cast as Betsy Braddock a.k.a. the telepathic mutant called Psylocke. Munn's fellow newcomers to the cinematic world of X-Men in Singer's upcoming film include Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner as a younger Jean Grey, as well as newcomer Landa Condor as Jubilation Lee a.k.a. Jubilee and Ben Hardy (EastEnders) as (Arch)angel - confirmed by Singer (and concept art) last week - among other young stars.
Singer, per his custom of late, confirmed the Munn/Apocalypse casting on both Twitter and his Instagram account. We've embedded the official post from the director, below:
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The former Attack of the Show! star and The Newsroom alum is both older and a better-established name than most of the other new X-Men universe actors who have been confirmed to join that superhero franchise starting with Apocalypse. Point being, whereas most of these young mutants will be inexperienced students/recruits under the watch of James McAvoy as Professor X in Apocalypse, Psyclocke will likely be more of an independent player in the story. The question of what the more immediate future might hold for the character in the X-Men cinematic universe, is all the more intriguing because of that.
Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds as fast-talking mercenary Wade Wilson turned super-powered Deadpool, will be the first X-Men film installment to reach theaters in 2016, followed by Apocalypse - and then the Channing Tatum-headlined Gambit solo movie later that year. It's been heavily speculated that Tim Miller's Deadpool feature will lay the foundation for an eventual X-Force movie - one with Reynolds' Deadpool as part of the X-Force squad - based on the script that's already been written by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2).
Will Apocalypse set the stage for Munn as Psylocke to join Reynolds on the X-Force team down the line (see: the 2018 date Fox has claimed for a mystery X-Men/Marvel movie) - maybe along with Hardy as Angel? It seems like a reasonable theory, given that there is a comic book precedent for both characters being part of the X-Force. The other big question is whether or not Gambit will also be part of any potential X-Force team in the making - but surely 20th Century Fox will give some thought to an X-Men movie anchored by Reynolds and Tatum and/or Munn yes?
2016 will be an important (read: possibly game-changing) year for the X-Men movie franchise; not just because there are three installments due to reach theaters, but also because those films (Deadpool, Apocalypse, and Gambit) will make or break any plans for a team-up with these new mutants.
The X-Men Shared Cinematic Universe arguably has the potential to sustain such an X-Force on the big screen. The events of Apocalypse will close out the stories of the First Class leads (including Michael Fassbender's Magneto and Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique) and the 2017 Wolverine film looks to serve as a farewell outing for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Patrick Stewart's older Professor X. Thereafter the stage will be clear for the X-Force lineup to step into the spotlight, so fingers crossed these X-Men movies shall all come together the way we've been speculating (or, rather hoping) they might.
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.