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Many details of Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” have remained under wraps for some time, including the identity of several of the film’s villains. Now, Vulture claims to have gotten word about just who will be antagonizing the mutants in both their past and present forms.
Singer has been reluctant to divulge the identity of the character played by Peter Dinklage, but Vulture says that Fox will reveal at a Comic-Con panel this weekend that Dinklage is portraying Bolivar Trask. Trask is known in the “X-Men” comics as the creator of Sentinel robots, which hunt mutants.
Joining Dinklage on the dark side is Josh Helman, who like Dinklage was confirmed to be in the film, but whose character has remained a mystery. Vulture says that the Australian actor — once rumored to be playing a young Cyclops — will portray Bill Stryker, the villain played by Brian Cox in “X2: X-Men United.”
As if those revelations aren’t enough, Vulture also claims to have the inside scoop on Singer’s specific variation on the comic inspiration for “Days of Future Past”‘s plot. The story line apparently follows one written by Chris Claremont in 1981, where Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) sends her consciousness back in time to warn the X-Men of a grim future world where Sentinels rule the land. The mutants then try to stop events that set in motion the Sentinel takeover, including the assassination of a senator.
Vulture says Singer’s version of Claremont’s story has Kitty sending Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back into the past in her place, but something goes wrong with her while Wolverine is still under her trance. That leaves the X-Men scrambling to find another mutant to use Kitty’s powers in her place, bringing Wolverine back intact.
This story line sounds juicy — and ripe with potential world-shattering interactions between the mutants’ younger and older selves — so we’re hoping Vulture’s source is correct. Expect more concrete details straight from Fox when Comic-Con begins Thursday.