During an X-Men: Apocalypse set visit, Olivia Munn (Ride Along 2, Mortdecai) discussed Psylocke's costume, personality, psionic blade and which of her mutant powers we won't see in the film.
When Munn saw concept art of the costume she'd be wearing in the film, she told herself that she needed to work out more because it was so form-fitting and she wanted the color changed to match her comic book counterpart," Munn told JoBlo. "I think my first thought was it has to be purple, because we were going up against time and making it. It was black at first...The latex is in black and all the armor is in black and it's just easier, but I was like, ‘You got to make it purple.’ That was kind of my first thought when I saw myself in the costume."
Psylocke is telepathic and telekinetic, but in the film you won't see her utilizing her telepathic abilities. "In the movie, we see her being a telekinetic," Munn shared. "We don't see her being telepathic. It's a decision because this is the first time we've really been able to see the character of Psylocke and have her really, truly exist in the movie."
During filming, we saw Munn honing her sword skills and she'll need them as Psylocke will be switching between a real sword and her psionic blade. "Yeah, which is why I had to learn to use a regular sword with both hands, so I can switch in between," she said. "It's more work for the special effects guys but it's pretty cool. That was actually James McAvoy's idea. He was like, "’f you can use both hands,’ he's like, ‘Then you can go, you can switch, you can...’ Because the thing about sword work is that you're always keeping somebody off. Like they don't really know it's happening. You're really throwing people off. Your opponent. He was like, "Well, you can really throw them off if you're going from your real sword to your psychic sword and then just switching hands and it's just...’ I was like, ‘That sounds awesome.’"
As for Psylocke's personality? "She’s methodical and very loyal and she's very calm and she's fearless," she revealed. "Her aggression is below the surface, but it's like, it's bubbling ... It's right there at any moment to access. She's a very calm, easygoing, kind of person within this world of insanity, but she's so powerful and strong.
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters May 27, 2016.