The X-Men movie franchise has been going strong at the box office since director Bryan Singer kicked the series off with his first installment, in 2000. Singer is reportedly done calling the shots on the X-Men’s big screen adventures, but that doesn’t mean the director is through telling stories about mutants just yet. In fact, 20th Century Fox TV and Marvel Television are currently developing a live-action X-Men TV series that has Singer lined up to direct the pilot episode, as well as X-Men movie mainstays Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg onboard as executive producers.
Matt Nix (creator of Burn Notice and Complications) is writing the pilot episode for the X-Men TV series, with Blair Redford (Switched at Birth) starring as “Sam”: a “strong-headed” mutant who leads an underground network dedicated to protecting other mutants being persecuted by the government. A costar for Redford has now been found too, in the form of Once Upon a Time and Gotham TV show veteran Jamie Chung.
Marvel is confirming that Chung is going to be playing Blink (aka. Clarice Fong) on Nix’s upcoming X-Men TV series. The show’s version of the Blink character is described by Marvel as being “sarcastic” and “lively,” as well as a bit of a “tomboy.” Here is the simple backstory that said press release offers for the show’s version of the character:
Clarice’s naturally strong exuberance has taken a hit after a sudden and traumatic upheaval of her life. As she adjusts to the new people and places that are suddenly “home,” she is slowly becoming herself again.
The Blink character made the jump from the world of X-Men comic books to the big screen in 2014, where she was portrayed by Fan Bingbing (in a supporting role) in the Singer-helmed X-Men: Days of Future Past – some nine years after the character was featured in the video game X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, voiced by Tara Strong. Blink’s main superpower is the ability to teleport not only herself, but potentially several individuals at a time. One can easily imagine how such a skill would prove handy to Sam, as part of his ongoing efforts to keep mutants-on-the-run secret and safe from being detected by government forces.
Chung is no stranger to comic book-based fare herself; in addition to her role as Valerie Vale on Gotham season 3, she took over the role of the deadly Miho in the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the same year that she voiced the tech genius-turned superhero Go Go in Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6 comic book movie adaptation. The X-Men TV show could make for another nice feather to add to Chung’s cap of geek-favorite roles, should the pilot episode be picked up to series. Filming on the show’s pilot is tentatively set to begin in Texas next month, so fans shouldn’t have to wait too long to find out if Nix’s show joins Noah Hawley’s Legion as the second live-action X-Men TV show currently on the air.