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French actor Omar Sy joins ‘X-Men’ cast

French actor and 2012 Best Actor Omar Sy gestures during the 38th Cesar Awards ceremony on February 22, 2013 at the Chatelet theatre in Paris. AFP / PATRICK KOVARIK

LOS ANGELES – French actor Omar Sy, who won praise for his starring role in the film “The Intouchables,” has been added to the star-studded cast of the next “X-Men movie,” director Bryan Singer has said.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” – a follow-up to the 2011 reboot “X-Men” First Class,” already boasts best actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Ian MacKellen and Patrick Stewart among the cast.

“Thrilled to welcome the brilliant #OmarSy from the amazing film #TheIntouchables to the cast of #Xmen #DaysofFuturePast!” Singer said on Twitter.

Sy’s role has not yet been specified. The film is set for release in July 2014.

The French actor won a Cesar, France’s Oscar, in 2012 for his role in “The Intouchables,” a comedy about a quadriplegic aristocrat and his home-help from the melting-pot suburbs of Paris.

He now lives in Los Angeles.


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  • Rachel Smith

     Each new addition to this cast makes me even more excited
    about what’s in store, and I really hope that Omar will be one of the villains.
    I can’t wait to find out, and to prepare I have been re-watching X-Men with my
    DISH Anywhere app. I am always using my app with how much I travel for my job
    at DISH. It streams my On Demand movies to my tablet, making my downtime at the
    airport more entertaining. It is essential to watch the movies again to prepare
    for this film, and it also helps me try to figure out how everyone will fit
    into the story.



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