Wednesday, March 25, 2015

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Casts Lana Condor as Jubilee

Time for a Jubilation?

X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer has revealed on his official Instagram account that actress Lana Condor has been cast as Jubilation Lee, better known to X-Men fans as the superhero Jubilee.  Here's the official post...

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Created in 1989 by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, Jubilee first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol.1) #244 as Jubilation Lee, a Chinese-American girl from Beverly Hills, California. As a promising young gymnast, Jubilee's life was shattered when her parents were murdered by hitmen and she lived by hiding in the Hollywood Mall and stealing food to survive. Jubilee first discovered her mutant powers to generate blinding and explosive fireworks while running away from mall security, until they eventually hired the M-Squad, a group of professional mutant hunters.  After being rescued by the X-Men, Jubilee followed them back through a portal to their temporary base in the Australian outback and soon joined the group.

She later became a founding member of the team known as Generation X  but later lost her mutant powers as a result of the event M-Day.  She then gained the powers of a vampire from her transformation by the bite of Xarus, son of Dracula.  Her powers include superhuman strength and speed, and the ability to turn into vapor.  It is possible that she can heal much faster than a human.

Condor will be the fourth actress to portray the character in live-action, after Heather McComb in the 1996 TV movie Generation X, and cameo appearances by Katrina Florece in Singer's first X-Men film and Kea Wong in X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand.  The character has appeared in various animated projects, including the 1992 X-Men animated series (voiced by Alyson Court), and X-Men: Evolution (voiced by Chiara Zanni).

X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 27, 2016.

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