Peter Dinklage Nabs ‘Key Role’ in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 17th, 2013 at 7:47 am,

Peter Dinklage joins X Men Peter Dinklage Nabs Key Role in X Men: Days of Future Past [Updated]

[Update: Peter Dinklage may be playing (a version of) Bolivar Trask, creator of the Sentinels!]

While doing the press rounds for next months’ release of Jack the Giant Slayer, writer and director Bryan Singer has remained rather open about the larger ideas, technology to be used and returning cast members for his next major project, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

We already knew the core team from X-Men: First Class would return for the sequel where Singer trades chairs with Matthew Vaughn, and over the last few months, one after the other, key mutant characters from the X-Men trilogy have signed on to return as well. Today, we can announce the first new actor joining the franchise.

Bryan Singer took to Twitter to happily announce that fan-favorite, scene-stealing Peter Dinklage, who’s earned a spot among TV’s most popular characters for his Emmy-winning role as Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones, is joining the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past.


There’s no info on who he will be playing, but adding Dinklage’s star power to an already insanely impressive roster of talent (and comic book characters) is definitely making executives at Twentieth Century Fox feel confident that they have a product to compete in the post-Avengers world, especially with it releasing against The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and in between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.

According to insiders however, who heard of the casting just before Singer confirmed it, Dinklage is taking on a “key role,” whatever that means. Assuming he’s not playing 1973-era President Richard Nixon – who Singer says they will have to cast in the film – some comic books fans immediately speculate that he could be playing Puck, of Alpha Flight fame – the Canadian superhero team that Wolverine served on before joining the X-Men.

This isn’t the first time Dinklage’s name has been associated with a Marvel branded film. In summer 2011, Captain America: The First Avenger writer Christopher Markus said he’s love to see Peter Dinklage play MODOK (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) in a Captain America film one day.

Alpha Flight 2 Cover Variant Puck 570x875 Peter Dinklage Nabs Key Role in X Men: Days of Future Past [Updated]

[Update: Variety reports that Peter Dinklage may be playing the main villain of the film. Let the speculation re-begin!]

Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Days of Future Past with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and possibly,Alan Cumming. No word yet on Famke Janssen, James Marsden or Halle Berry.

The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013 and X-Men: Days of Future Past shoots from April to October for a July 18, 2014 release date.


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  1. Hes gonna be The Watcher.

    • Didn’t think of that, good guess, I could see him as The Watcher. :)

      I still say that he will voice Nimrod.

    • I was thinking this as well. It would have to mean that the Watcher was actually interfering. As I don’t think he would take a role with no speaking lines.

      • Or warning if the consesquences of their actions perhaps. Idk yeah if he interferes it kinda ruins who hes supposed to be lol but could serve as he did in the comics as a sort of guide to the reader (viewer in this case) of what is about to take place.

        • The Watcher interfered quite a few times in the comic books. Like in the original Galactus saga.

          • You should write for screenrant, you have all this stuff down haha.

            • Nah, I´m just a nerd. And my english skills are not good enough to write articles for the site. It´s below their standards.

  2. Going on record as the Aborigine Gateway, look’em up. Can teleport others through time and space. Could be “key” to starting the time travel story.

    • Nice idea. But Gateway is black (he´s also Bishop´s grandfather). But since you mentioned the time travel, here´s my idea:

      To travel through time, they need to come up with something, so why not the M’ Kraan crystal? It was used to send Bishop back in time to save Xavier in the Age Of Apocalypse storyline. And the keeper of that crystal is a powerful midget called Jahf. Thoughts, anyone?

      • Then will this be a hybrid dofp and aoa? Hmm i do hope we see some of apocalypse but i kinda dout that very much, maybe a setup for fiture films though

        • I doubt we´ll see Apocalypse (yet) as well. But they could still use the crystal and it´s keeper.

          • Ya for sure. Hopefully apocalypse becomes a real threat in future movies, personally magneto is getting long in the tooth.. He’s been the villain.. In every single xmen film. That must be some sort of a record lol. Though will say that it would be cool to see a good magneto leading the xmen in the alternate reality (i think he does unless im fudging dofp and aoa again! Lol)

            • He was an ally in DOFP, but if I remember correctly, he was killed early in the story.
              And he wasn´t really the villain in X-Men 2…

  3. Not as useless as your observation, Norrin…

  4. Peter Dinklage will not be a good Superman.

  5. Voice of Nimrod, Im calling it.

  6. He’s obviously the Black Panther :)

  7. Singer does it again. Movie is doomed. Not because of this actor but because of the random characters being thrown in. Another great story line blown to bits and trampled. Hope I’m wrong but doubt it….wish the movie rights for this franchise was back in the hands of Marvel….

  8. Trask.

  9. Singer does it again. Movie is doomed. Not because of this actor but because of the random characters being thrown in. Another great story line blown to bits and trampled. Hope I’m wrong but doubt it….wish the movie rights for this franchise was back in the hands of Marvel….

  10. Peter Dinklage is a great actor and I am so glad to see him cast in a major motion picture. But… after being bombarded by all the ads for Jack the Giant Killer, I have serious reservations for any film directed by Bryan Singer. No matter who is in it.

  11. I would like to see him as MODOK