UPDATE! : Variety says Dinklage is playing the main villain. Nobody is sure who that is yet.
Bryan Singer has announced another cast member for his upcoming “X-Men : Days of Future Past” :
Dinklage, one of the most versatile, and charming actors around, and the star of such films as “The Station Agent”, “Death at a Funeral”, and “I Love You, Too” (in addition to TV’s “Game of Thrones”), will make an excellent addition to the film’s all-star ensemble cast, including Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Ellen Page.
Though Singer hasn’t confirmed it yet, nor have any of the trades, it’s been speculated that Dinklage will be playing the character of ‘Puck’, known to ‘X-Men’ comic fans.
Speaking of characters making their way to the X-universe, Singer also announced today, in an interview with Collider, that President Richard Nixon will be a ‘character’ in the picture.
“Part of it takes place in the 1970s. And Richard Nixon’s in it, that’ll be an interesting casting choice… There’ll also be some more science-fiction-type aspects to the story and, without giving it away, some technology that we haven’t seen yet in the X-Men universe.”
Stewart also spoke to the site about his progression from producer to director on this latest movie, replacing Matthew Vaughan at the helm, and reiterated how excited everyone – cast, crew – are to be back for the film.
“I got the impression that everyone was kind of excited to come back. The actors from X-Men: First Class are contracted to, but the ones I’ve spoken to are very enthusiastic. Jen’s very excited, I’m with Nick these past few days and he’s excited, and Hugh, Ian, Patrick, Anna—they remember we felt very good about those first two X-Men films back then and I think there’s a good feeling about all of us working together again, and I’m very excited to work with the new cast members as a director as opposed to just a producer.”
As for how that came about – jumping into the director’s seat [again]…
“I was on a boat off the coast of Hawaii on a working vacation, I was with John Orloff, the screenwriter of the Battlestar Galactica movie which I’ve had to step away from at the moment, obviously for this, and I was working with him and Jason Taylor who runs my company. We were on a boat and we were doing some work but also relaxing a bit and I had had a drink, so I was a little relaxed, and I didn’t even realize I had phone service so I took the phone out of my pocket and it was a call from Emma Watts at the studio. She just said, ‘Matthew’s not doing the movie, would you like to direct it?’ I wasn’t sure that was actually the case, I thought maybe it was a momentary issue they were having.
I didn’t know what to think, and then [screenwriter] Simon [Kinberg] called me up to prepare me to get the draft, because I needed to get the most recent draft at that point to make that decision. And then Matthew called me the next day and that’s when I realized [it was real], and I said, ‘Are you sure?’ and he was like, ‘Yeah I’m sure,’ and he explained his reasons and I thought, ‘Okay, well I need to get into this.’ So it was a little like, “Oh, okay well now I know what the next year will be.’”