Peter Dinklage Joining X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Peter-DinklagePeter Dinklage is the latest addition to the cast of superheroes who will be featured in the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer broke the news last night on twitter –

Singer pointedly did not mention whom Duinklage will be playing, but most comics fans, including myself, are pegging the actor to play the Canadian superhero Puck. For the unintiated, Puck is a member Alpha Flight, a group of superheroes sponsored by the government of Canada. In the comics, his origin is tied into a story about an evil ancient sorcerer called Black Raazer, though I suspect that that part will undergo revision to fit into the straight science-fiction tone that Singer has established for the X-Men franchise.

Although it has been several years since I have read it, I don’t recall Puck playing a role in the original Chris Claremont-authored comic book storyline on which writer Simon Kinberg is basing his script. Perhaps Kinberg is using Puck to replace another character, maybe a mutant hero previously seen in the franchise but whose actor is unavailable?

While it is great to see Singer taking a deeper dive into the pool of characters that studio Twentieth Century Fox owns, I am starting to get concerned over the number of heroes that we already know will be in the film. We already have a number of returning characters from X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult) and the original X-Men trilogy (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore) lined up to appear in Days Of Future Past. How many more are in store? Hopefully, this parade of characters will all have vital reasons for being included and isn’t just the insistence of a studio head who saw The Avengers and only came away with the idea that “more superheroes = more money at the box office.”

X-Men: Days Of Future Past starts filming later this spring for a July 18, 2014 release.

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Chuck Cain
February 14, 2013 10:36 am

He is great in Ice Age 4!

Joe Nazzaro
February 14, 2013 10:46 am

What I find interesting is that everybody is immediately thinking dwarf = Puck, which is the obvious character of course, but it shows a total lack of vision. Personally, my money is on Trask, the guy who creates the Sentinals. Aside from that, I find it difficult to believe that Marvel would give up Puck (and therefore the rest of Alpha Flight) to Fox just because they started out in the X-Men comics. If they did, that is one dumb deal on the part of Marvel.

Rich Drees
February 14, 2013 10:48 am

Well, Marvel did make a lot of dumb movie rights deals back in the 90s. (See also the Spider-Man rights mess.) But Trask would be a great alternate role for Dinklage.

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February 14, 2013 11:01 am

Honestly I think Singer is out of ideas and is just throwing heroes and villain’s into a pot and hoping to sell it on everyone wanting to come see fan favorites without a cohesive story.

Joe Nazzaro
February 14, 2013 11:03 am

Which pretty much describes X-Men 3, but without Singer of course.

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February 14, 2013 12:13 pm

His part in Penelope was fantastic.

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