Peter Dinklage joins X-Men Days of Future Past

Peter Dinklage is an amazing actor, and it’s wonderful to see the world recognize this fact, and not just because he’s a tad shorter than most.

Like a lot of vertically challenged performers, he could have been doomed to roles like Mini-Me for the rest of his life, but through the strength of his talent he’s been able to transcend this beautifully.

In fact, with Game of Thrones, Dinklage is hotter than ever, and now he’s also going to have a role in the next X-Men film, Days of Future Past.

With his addition, Collider writes that the film is “setting expectations too high.” It’s great that Bryan Singer, who directed the best X-Men flicks in the series, is back at the helm, and Dinklage is also a terrific addition that should bring the caliber of the film up some notches for sure. 

Dinklage is playing a bad guy, although exactly what character he’s going to play isn’t known at the moment. Collider notes that the Sentinels, the gigantic robots that scour the land looking for mutants, are a part of the story, a big part according to some reports, and the villain could very well be Bolivar Trask, who created the Sentinels. (Bill Duke played Trask in X-Men The Last Stand).

Badass Digest also speculates the villain could be Mr. Sinister, but Collider feels that character is “simply too outlandish to bring to the screen even if you did motion-capture.” Whoever Dinklage is playing, it’s very exciting to have him aboard, especially considering he’ll be performing along with such acting greats as Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.

Collider recently spoke to Singer for his upcoming film, Jack the Giant Slayer, and Singer said production for Days of Future Past will begin on April 15 in Montreal, with shooting probably going into October.

“There will 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,” Singer said. “It’s a big movie. It’ll be the biggest movie I’ve ever made.”

X-Men Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18, 2014.