French actor Omar Sy joins ‘X-Men’ cast


06:55 AM March 4th, 2013

March 4th, 2013 06:55 AM

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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