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X-Men: Days of Future Past Adds Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage

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Emmy winner Peter Dinklage has join the rapidly expanding cast of Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer announced.

Although it wasn’t revealed which role the Game of Thrones star will be playing, online speculation immediately turned to Puck, the Alpha Flight member and former soldier of fortune who trapped the spirit of a centuries-old evil spirit within his own body, a process that reduced him to 3 feet 6 inches in height.

However, that seems unlikely, not to mention narrow. While Singer & Co. are clearly deviating from the original Marvel Comics storyline by Chris Claremont and John Byrne — for instance, the time periods and team rosters are different — it would be odd to add a character outside of the core X-Men “family” to an already sprawling cast. What’s more, there’s nothing that says Dinklage has to play “the dwarf character.” Why not Senator Kelly (portrayed in 2000’s X-Men by Bruce Davison), or whichever public figure whose death in this version of the story puts mutants, and mankind, on the path to a dystopian future?

The sequel to 2011’s X-Men: First Class features returning stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Holt and Jennifer Lawrence, joined by original X-Men trilogy cast members Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens July 18, 2014.

Update (12:12 p.m.): Variety reports sources contend Dinklage will play the main antagonist, which certainly rules out Puck.


  • Guest

    obviously .going to be The Toad.

  • 0bsessions

     My money says one of two characters:

    1. Modern Beast. Singer has stated that there may be a mocap CGI character. Grammer’s not listed as returning and I don’t think I’ve met anyone who didn’t think the Beast makeup looked silly in both movies. Dinklage would make a fantastic voiceover for McCoy.

    2. Bolivar Trask. This is the stronger bet to me. The character’s height is completely inconsequential and, honestly, it could be easily used to give him even more pathos. Average humans are often bigoted towards humans as a result of jealousy. Imagine a man who may be resentful towards average humans to begin with and then add men and women with extraordinary abilities to the mix.

  • Alex Holt

    I would assume it’ll be a CGI character of some sort with his voice only, as Puck would be a very strange choice of characters to introduce here, where Bishop or Cable would be the obvious ‘new guy’ to bring into an already large cast in a time-travel story.  At this point my bet would be on the voice of Sentinels/Nimrod or something.

  • Alex

     Trask has already been played by Bill Duke

  • demoncat_4

    or he could wind up being toad added to the mix. though like the idea of him playing the person that causes the days of future past to happen. we will just have to wait till  bryan is ready to talk more. or maybe he is going to be doing the motion capture character brian is talking about.

  • mel

    He might be playing Bantam. An assistant to a time traveling mutant called Fitzroy.

  • Masked Man Issue 1

    And Toad has already been played by Ray Park, and that was an AWESOME take on Toad. Plus it would be far more budget-conscious to hire Ray Park than Dinklage. 

    My immediate reaction was Puck, but the suggestion of him playing Beast is very intriguing…

  • jim24

    How has no one guessed Black Tom Cassidy yet?  Maybe we’ll get a Juggernaut that isn’t dressed like an S&M dominatrix. 

  • Omakenio

    Hate to burst your bubbles here regarding Beast but… he was already in X-Men First Class and the actor will be reprising his role for the new film just as the rest of them are. Did any of you even see the movie?

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  • Norm!

    Why not Puck, from Alpha Flight? I beleive he was a minor character in the referenced two issue comic.

  • bob

    Who gives a crap which character he’ll be? He’s an awesome actor and that’s very good casting news =)

  • Lyle

    I suddenly think it would be fun seeing him play Arcade.

  • Drew_Melbourne

     Or Fitzroy.

    (But probably not Fitzroy.)

  • mel

    You could be right. It’s possible they might combine them like they did with Callisto and Caliban in Xmen 3.

  • 0bsessions

     “Modern Beast. Singer has stated that there may be a mocap CGI character.
    Grammer’s not listed as returning and I don’t think I’ve met anyone who
    didn’t think the Beast makeup looked silly in both movies. Dinklage
    would make a fantastic voiceover for McCoy.”

    While they could use Hoult, the fact they’re using two actors for both Xavier and Magneto means there’s half-decent odds they’d use two for Beast.

  • 0bsessions

     In a movie that just about everyone considers best left forgotten. I wouldn’t be surprised if DoFP is used in large part to basically retcon the entire film out of existence.

    Even aside that, it’d be easy enough to shift the whole Sentinel program to someone like Lang or Hodge and use him as one of them. I just see Dinklage working best as a human character. Anything else would likely amount to a bit part, which would be a waste of a very popular actor.

  • Atomic Kommie Comics

    “Toad has already been played by Ray Park.”
    Kitty Pryde was played by different actresses.
    Sumela Kay in X-Men
    Katie Stuart in X-2
    Ellen Page in Final Stand (and Days of Future Past)
    And who’s to say Toad didn’t mutate between the present and future?

  • Savonti

    There was nothing awesome about what was done with the Toad character in the first X-men movie.  That movie (and the two that followed) were abysmal.

    That said, I could see Dinklage voicing best, I could get in on that. 

  • Lewis4510

    I had that feeling too that the time travel aspect of DoFP will be used to retcon X-3 out of existence at least in part.

  • Belaircomics

    I like the idea of him playing Hodge, human in the past and Cyborged out in the future, using just Dinklage’s face

  • Bannersray

    he meant a future version of beast, not the “present ” one

  • Darwin

    He could be a villain. May be Candyman or Gateway.

  • MattyMac

    I’d love to see him cast in something surprising. E.g. either a replacement character for Senator Kelly from the original Days of Future Past or play the crazy bigoted Stephen Lang… perhaps a kind of negative Tony Stark that uses exoskeleton/robot technologies initially in an beneficial assistive sense but later develops into the Sentinel technology.

  • Maskedmainsissue1

    Yes, but I think we’re all talking about an older Beast from the future, which will hopefully not be Kelsey Grammer.

  • Masked Man Issue 1

    Problem was that Kitty Pride in X1 and X2 was not a main character and more like a cameo, so that doesn’t count. Same with Pyro on X1 versus X2. Toad WAS a main character on X1.

    But we could also get into the argument of why would Toad return as Ray Park and not Kelsey Grammer as Beast? A quick answer could be that Singer had less to do with X3 and the casting choices for that one, and that Dinklage would hands down do a better job as Beast. But that’s all handwaving at this point. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  • Matt. S

    I was thinking he’d be Sugar Man. 

  • Vito

    IBM….pretty sure they meant future beast, not past beast. Maybe his mutation made him smaller. No disrespect towards Dinklage, I love that guy lol.

  • Masked Man Issue 1

    Scratch all of this. Considering he’s going to be the main antagonist I’m voting for MASTER MOLD.

  • Narsila

    This is “Days of Future Past”; there can be younger and older versions of various characters. Did you read anything about this movie?

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  • oscarVenezuela

    My vote goes for Bolivar Trask! Modern beast, moderna strom are just probably dead in this dystopian future, Wolverine will be an old man, as iceman, kitty and rogue age from what we saw in the old films! Puck just doesn´t make sense being in this storyline at all. I would rather see him as Trask! or… Doop? hahaha

  • Deacon Hagan

    What? Grammer was one of the few good things about  the last stand.


    The Toad as the main antagonist? Unlikely. The Toad would be too small or weak of character for that main role. My reference being Ray Park as toad.