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Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage has joined X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer has revealed. As he promised, Singer continues to reveal his casting news on Twitter;

“Officially like to welcome #PeterDinklage from #GameOfThrones to #XMEN #DaysofFuturePast Very very excited!”

Dinklage’s role in the movie has yet to be revealed, however, it’s not like he’s going to be playing Cyclops or Colossus. Smart money would be on him playing Puck, a dwarf member of Canada’s mutant team, Alpha Flight. He has long been fan-favoured to play this character should he ever brought to the big screen… and that looks to have come to fruition.

225px-Alphaflight5Some quotes from Puck’s Wikipedia page about the character;

The first character to use the codename is a man whose real name is Eugene Milton Judd. He was born in 1914 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He spent years traveling the world as a soldier of fortune, working as an intelligence agent and bouncer, before becoming a professional adventurer and joining Alpha Flight.

Creator John Byrne had originally intended for the original Puck to be a dwarf with no superhuman powers, merely great fighting and acrobatic skills; subsequent writer Bill Mantlo would later retcon that Puck’s small stature was due to mystical influences.

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter are running a cover story on Oscar nominated Les Miserables star Hugh Jackman who revealed that he was ready to take a short break from acting after reprising his X-Men character in The Wolverine (opening in July) but the couldn’t say no to X-Men: Days of Future Past;

“first heard about it around October or November [2012]. I was literally finishing ‘The Wolverine’ and dreaming about lasagna, and about three weeks before the end, they told me.”

The role won’t be a cameo and is one of the leading parts…

“There was no way I was not going to be part of that.”

Jackman said he has not seen Simon Kinberg’s finished screenplay but has read an eight page synopsis.

Based on Chris Claremont and John Bryne’s classic alternative storyline of the same name, X-Men: Days of Future Past will merge together characters from the original X-Men trilogy and the 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class and is officially the seventh film in the franchise.

The film will primarily be set in 1973, ten years after the events of X-Men: First Class which ended with the culmination of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Though part of the film will be set sometime after the events of X-Men 3: The Last Stand.

James McAvoy (Prof. X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) are confirmed from the First Class crew, with Patrick Stewart (Prof. X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde) and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) from the original trilogy officially on board.

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More actors from both X-Men eras should be announced as returning soon. Singer answered direct questions from MTV about a few, first saying that unlike what we all presumed (though I still suspect in reality this is the big stickling point) Halle Berry has not yet signed on to return NOT because of her appearance fee, but because Singer hasn’t decided if it makes sense to include her;

I can’t say. I don’t know yet. And it’s not necessarily a deal making aspect at all. I want to make sure it’ll make sense. But I love working with her.

He then said the same thing about Alan Cumming potentially reprising the character of Nightcrawler from X-Men 2 to The Huffington Post;

I don’t know. We’ll see. You know … we’ll see… sometimes you don’t want to say “yes” or “no” to something that may not be a “yes” or a “no,” or anything. I haven’t decided yet, a few things. I’m still, you know… there are certain aspects of the script that I’m still toying with.

The Hollywood Reporter say X-Men: Days of Future Past will begin filming in mid-April in Montreal.

Check out our top ten list of X-Men mutants we hope return for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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This article was first posted on February 14, 2013