Bryan Singer is off to a strong start with X-Men: Days of Future Past, and filming hasn't even begun. Based 11 years after the events of X-Men: First Class, the sequel (to both First Class and X-Men 3) brings back the younger X-Men roster starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, and merges them via time travel with the original cast which includes Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman.
While most of the buzz has centered around returning cast members, Singer's latest announcement that Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) is joining the film, caught us by (pleasant) surprise.
No details on the character he'd be playing were revealed by Singer, so fan speculation immediately listed off recognizable mutant characters from the comics, including Alpha Flight member Puck, simply based on physical resemblance. According to Variety however, Dinklage nabbed a "key role" as the film's main antagonist.
And adding to this, according to a "reliable" source of MTV Geek, Peter Dinklage may be playing Bolivar Trask, and you can see the resemblance below from the iterations of the character in Marvel comics and in the cartoons:
Bolivar Trask is a mastermind and Dinklage plays one well in Game of Thrones. Trask is also the creator of the anti-mutant Sentinel program, responsible for the towering killer robots that ravage the earth in an attempt to eradicate it of the mutant genome, hence the dystopian future as depicted in the Days of Future Past storyline from Marvel Comics. We already know the Sentinels play an important part in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The film will deviate from the books in several ways, but in the comics, when Trask reveals the Sentinels, they turn against him. Their leader, Trask's first creation known as the Master Mold, demands that he construct an army of Sentinels. There's also a redemption story for Trask and his children play an important role over the years of X-Men stories as well, so if Dinklage is Trask, we don't know in what capacity.
It's also likely that if Dinklage is in fact, playing a "Trask" character, it will be a deviation from the source material, perhaps even a different character entirely, borrowing elements from the books. That would need to be the case because Bolivar Trask already appeared in the films (X-Men: The Last Stand), played by 6' 4" Bill Duke, and there's a little bit of a visual discrepancy:
Singer did go on record in an interview with HitFix to say that with the time travel plot device in Days of Future Past, he will be able to "I'll be able to correct a few things," referring (with a smile) to the continuity errors in the film. Can he recast Bolivar Trask as someone entirely different?
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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