Feb 15, 2013

Bryan Singer Recruits The Dink To Join The X-Men

So far, every bit of casting news for Fox's upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past (including the recent news that it'll be shot in native 3D) has come direct from Bryan Singer's Twitter feed.  On the one hand, it's great that the director seems excited about the project to the point that he's personally sharing updates with the world instead of relying on bland press releases.  On the other hand, at this point I half expect the movie itself will actually end up being a text-based adventure that Singer releases 140 characters at a time.

According to Singer's latest missive, Peter Dinklage (a.k.a. the best part of Game Of Thrones) has officially joined the cast, making him the first person to come on board who isn't merely reprising their role from a previous X-film.  Much to the internet's consternation, Singer did not reveal which role The Dink will portray, leading to some pretty varied speculation.  The only vaguely famous character who shares Dinklage's short stature is Puck, a Canadian character to whom Fox may not actually have the rights, since he's not strictly speaking a mutant.  Other popular guesses include Sentinel inventer Boliver Trask, The Watcher and even the pale-faced Mr. Sinister.

Dinklage is just flat out talented, but his size obviously tends to limit his casting opportunities.  However, in Singer's mutant-rich environment, it feels like the sky's the limit.  I'd love it if Singer could utilize some motion capture and CG to allow Dinklage to play a character for which he'd typically be overlooked.

Either way, just announce his character's name soon and be done with it.  I can't handle another round of Abrams/Cumberbatch guessing games.  If that becomes the standard operating procedure for geek properties, I may develop a twitch.

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