You can picture Peter Dinklage as the creator of giant rampaging mutant-stomping robots, can't you?
Bryan Singer continues to tweet pics from the set of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" like there's no tomorrow, and his latest sneak peek more or less reveals just who the "Game of Thrones" star is playing in next summer's superhero sequel.
The pic features an unidentified cast member wearing a grey jumpsuit with "TRASK INDUSTRIES" written on the back, which is the closest thing to confirmation that we've had so far that Dinklage will be portraying the villainous Bolivar Trask.
Bolivar Trask made his first comic book appearance in "Uncanny X-Men" #14 (November 1965) as a brilliant military scientist who became obsessed with researching the mutant phenomenon after his own son Larry developed precognitive powers. Trask's daughter, Tanya, also had mutant powers, and her time-traveling ability caused her to vanish from existence. Trask saw mutants as a threat to humanity and subsequently designed the Sentinels, giant mutant-detecting robotic "guardians of humanity."
The Sentinels have so far been noticeably absent from the big-screen "X-Men" adventures, making only a brief appearance in a computer-simulated training program courtesy of the Danger Room during the opening sequence of "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006) Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) were able to defeat one of them by utilizing their ever-popular offensive technique, the "Fastball Special."
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) May 28, 2013
Peter Dinklage was first announced as the "major antagonist" of the new "X-Men" movie last February, which had fans speculating that his role might indeed be Bolivar Trask despite the character not "traditionally" being portrayed as a dwarf (Stan Lee and Jack Kirby originally based Trask's appearance on Walt Disney). Trask is a major player in the original "Days of Future Past" story arc that was published in 1981.
Well, if there's Bolivar Trask, that means there will probably be lots and lots of Sentinels (including perhaps Nimrod, the all-powerful "ultimate Sentinel") in the new "X-Men" movie, which means Bryan Singer is really amping up the fan service with his triumphant ten-years-later return to the "X-Men" franchise. Nothing's completely confirmed yet, of course, but things are definitely getting really interesting over at Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" will hit theaters on July 18, 2014, almost a year to the day after "The Wolverine" claws its way through the summer movie competition on July 26.
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