While X-Men: Dark Phoenix will bring back the majority of the cast of 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, one mutant who’ll be absent from the latest – and presumably final – chapter of Fox’s X-Men series is Psylocke, played by Olivia Munn.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Munn confirmed that she was forced to sit out Dark Phoenix due to scheduling conflicts, stating that: “I was filming The Predator at the time so there wasn’t time for me to film it and so I’m not in it.”
The actress also went on to reveal that she has to remain tight-lipped about the franchise, having been politely reprimanded by Fox for her previous comments when she suggested that Dark Phoenix could be split into two movies:
“I can’t say anything because last time I said a little bit they sent me a note. But I’m not in it.”
In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix sees Simon Kinberg directing a cast that includes franchise veterans Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and Olivia Munn (Psylocke) alongside new additions Kota Eberhardt (The Persian Connection) as Selene, Andrew Stehlin (Hacksaw Ridge) as Red Lotus, and Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) and Lamar Johnson (Kings). It is set for release on June 7th 2019.