Director Adds New Jubilee to ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

jubilee-lanaDirector Bryan Singer used his Instagram (as usual) to announce that Lana Condor has been cast as Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Condor is the definition of a Hollywood newcomer, with no known TV or film credits. Jubilee has appeared in cameos in previous X-Men films. She was played by Katrina Florece in X-Men (2000) and Kea Wong in X2: X-Men United (2003) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

Created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, Jubilee first appeared in 1989’s Uncanny X-Men #244, and was a mainstay in the 1990s animated series.

I have never understood the outsized appeal of Jubilee; her mutant power to create fireworks seems silly to me, and virtually useless on a team whose leader could shoot force beams from his eyes, boasted a weather witch, had a steel-coated strong guy and a berserker with built-in metal claws. Yet there she was, casting her sparkles at the villains, forcing baddies to grumble lines like: “Argh! Your blasted fireworks — blinding me!”

I know that when she first popped up, her yellow trench coat, red clothes and bare legs were a riff on the Carrie Kelley version of Robin in Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns, but she inexplicably took over fandom, going from a literal joke to one of the most popular characters around. So can someone please explain the appeal of Jubilee? What am I missing?

Condor joins the other actors playing new versions of familiar characters, including: Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Alexandra Shipp (Storm) and Sophie Turner (Jean Grey).

The movie starts shooting this summer for a May 27, 2016 release.

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