Director Bryan Singer is turning into quite the mad Tweeter on the set of X-Men Days of Future Past. These two images of Peter Dinklage, followed closely by this shot of a Trask Industries jumpsuit, now have most thinking that Dinklage’s “mystery role” is that of Bolivar Trask. Trask is responsible for creating the mutant hunting machines, Sentinels, that feature extremely prominently in the comic arc of Future Past. I think it’s fantastic casting and there’s something mythic about this man of small stature building these colossus. So if we take this logic forward, we now have in this film (which could be ten hours long): Sentinels, Bolivar Trask, Mystique, Old/Young Professor X, Old/Young Magneto, Beast, Wolverine, Shadowcat, Quicksilver, Rogue, Storm, Colossus, Warpath, Iceman, Blink, Bishop and Sunspot. That’s aside from the rumors floating around that we’ll see Cyclops and Jean Grey as well. I love Bryan Singer, but this ensemble is just getting a little bit unwieldy. I’m also a bit curious as to where they would take the franchise from here because the only members of the First Class ensemble returning that didn’t go over to Magneto’s side are Professor X and Beast. Most of the cast is comprised of the returnees and the old gang. If you’re trying to grow the franchise for the future, you need to consider this will be Hugh Jackman’s seventh film as Wolverine. X-Men: Days of Future Past will release in July 2014. Synopsis below:
The film will be based on the comic book storyline “Days of Future Past,” which ran in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 back in 1981 during Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s run and introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.