Peter Dinklage Playing Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past?

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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.

The Wolverine: Empire Magazine Cover and Photo Gallery

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I’m developing a weird optimism for this film. I really liked the second trailer, and I’ve always liked the “Wolverine as a Ronin” Japan arcs. More awesome looks at the film from Empire Magazine. The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013. Official plot synopsis below:

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern-day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

Sam Mendes Will Return to Direct Bond 24 After All!

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The following just broke at GeekTyrant and they are usually rock solid.  After some of the names I was hearing, this comes as a huge relief.  Slight disappointment that it’s not Chris Nolan this time but that will come.  Still looks like 2016 for the film and if it’s as good as Skyfall, I’m more than happy to wait.  Brilliant start to a sunny  Wednesday….though I am writing this at 2 a.m.  I don’t sleep so you can get your geek on!  Text from GeekTyrant below.

James Bond directors have been a hot topic on the internet today. A few names thrown out earlier included Nicolas Winding Refn, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, and Shane Black. Now Deadline has jumped on board the Bond 24 news wagon, and they’re throwing in their own news update, saying that Sam Mendes is actually back in talks with the studio! It still amazes me sometimes how fast news like this can change.

This is surprising, because Mendes is incredibly busy with directing several stage plays. He has said time and time again that he wasn’t going to do it. Mendes did an amazing job with Skyfall, and it ended up being the most successful Bond movie so far, pulling in over $1.1 billion. It was a pretty amazing Bond film!

Apparently the studio has decided to wait for Mendes to work through his stage play commitments, and they are looking to make a deal with him to start production on Bond 24 next year. The report confidently states that “Mendes will be the director of the next Bond.” They don’t say he might, maybe, or possibly be directing. They say he will.

World War Z Poster #4 and Good Buzz

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World War Z is one of the five films this summer I was most worried about (of course I didn’t put Iron Man 3 on there…), but early buzz from screenings is very positive.  The back half of the movie was re-written and re-shot, which never bodes well for a film, but it looks like this adaptation of Max Brooks’ zombie war may just make it.  World War Z hits IMAX, 3D, and plain old theatres on June 21, 2013.