One of the newest and most notable additions to the X-Men film franchise, to be introduced in X-Men: Days of Future Past, is Peter Dinklage. Dinklage joins an already massive roster of characters that sees not only the star-studded casts of the original trilogy along with the First Class prequel share screentime, but brings into the fold many new characters from Marvel Comics.
It wasn't long after Bryan Singer welcomed the Game of Thrones star that one report claimed Dinklage would be playing none other than Bolivar Trask, the creator of the giant anti-mutant Sentinel robots that we know will also have a big part in Days of Future Past. Dinklage's role isn't official yet, but we can officially confirm that Trask Industries will be in the film.
In his first tweet since announcing that Evan Peters will be playing Quicksilver, director Bryan Singer today tweeted a fun behind-the-scenes photo that confirms a major story element of the film:
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) May 28, 2013
The image of the costumed extra on break reveals the logo of Trask Industries and confirms the speculation that "Trask" will be in the film. When combined with Singer's tweeted image last week of a mustached Peter Dinklage and him reading over the script together, and it's becoming a safer bet that Dinklage is in fact, playing (a version of) Trask, and a primary antagonist of the next X-Men team up.
Add to that the set photos from Superficial and a Facebook fan page revealing a '70s style mustached Peter Dinklage and we're thinking he's playing Bolivar Trask in the '70s era of the time-travel film (where the X-Men: First Class returns. In the comics, the mutant-hating Bolivar actually has a mutant child named Larry who has the ability to see into the future. Bolivar is able to block his son's abilities but occasionally takes advantage of them to help create the Sentinels and to looking into the future to learn more about the "mutant threat" - this is key part of the original Days of Future Past storyline.
One possibility is that Singer and co. are drawing ideas from the "What If...Magneto & Professor X Had Formed the X-Men Together?" comic which sees Larry Trask (not Bolivar) in charge of Trask Industries, attacking Xavier's institute with the Sentinels, leading to the formation of the X-Men. This story takes place in a different Marvel universe (there are many) but in it, Larry Trask also happens to be connected to the Hellfire Club, featured prominently in X-Men: First Class and led by Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon).
Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore.
The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18, 2014.
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