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As he is wont to do, director Bryan Singer has announced the casting of “Game of Thrones” actor and all-around badass Peter Dinklage as the latest castmember of “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.
Singer neglects to tell us what role Dinklage is playing in the movie, but we do know that “X-Men: Days of Future Past” will be based on an ’80s “X-Men” comics story arc that involves time travel, but more importantly for 20th Century Fox, will facilitate the merging of Singer’s “X-Men” franchise with Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class”.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) February 14, 2013
Off the top of my head, the only height-challenged Marvel comic book character I can even think of is Puck from Alpha Flight, the Canadian superhero group, but does Alpha Flight show up in the “Days of Future Past” storyline? Let me know, comic book fans.
Of course, there’s no law that says Dinklage has to play a character that he, well, physically resembles. (I’m trying very hard to be PC here.) The guy is a great actor, after all.
Variety reports that Dinklage will play the main villain in “DOFP”. The trade doesn’t know the name of the character, but does know that it will be the “main antagonist” of the superhero sequel.
According to MTV, an anonymous (but reliable, they say) source tells them that Dinklage will play a man name Bolivar Trask.
Trask, we’re told, is the creator of the Sentinels, the giant mutant-hunting robots that will menace the X-men in the dire future that our heroes are trying to prevent (this is where the film’s time-travel plot comes in). The character has a convoluted storyline and history (all Marvel comic book characters do, it’s the result of LOTS of writers tackling their own ideas over the decades) but the takeaway is that he’s the man behind the Sentinels, who are these guys: