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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Offers First Look at Peter Dinklage’s Bolivar Trask and His Sentinels
Ever since ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ offered a brief cinematic rendering of a giant Sentinel robot with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine slicing its head off in the danger room, ‘X-Men’ fans have been craving a full-body look at these mutant-hunting bots. Thankfully, prayers have been answered as these icons of the comic books have become the forefront of Fox’s marketing for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’
We’ve known for a while that Sentinels would play a major part in Bryan Singer’s upcoming sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class,’ but Peter Dinklage only officially revealed he’d be starring as Bolivar Trask, creator of the Sentinels, at the ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Comic-Con panel. Now, both he and his fictitious Trask Industries are the new face of Fox’s viral marketing campaign for the film.
After digging around on the newly launched Trask-Industries.com, first look photos and video footage of his character and Sentinel robots have been revealed, along with this character description:
Even from his early years as a research assistant, Bolivar always maintained a particular interest in the origin and evolution of humanity. Following in the footsteps of Mendel, Watson and Crick, Trask made it his goal to unlock the mysteries of human DNA. What he did not anticipate was the discovery of the X-Gene, a genetic finding that would prove to be the most significant of the 20th century.
Trask soon hypothesized the impending extinction of the human race. His early theories were ridiculed by his contemporaries and with no one to fund his research, Trask cared enough about humanity to invest in the founding of Trask Industries in 1967.
Aside from the robots, the site also revealed that the X-Gene Inhibitor Collar, a device in the comics that blocks mutant abilities, will apparently be making an appearance in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Of course, there are tons more goodies that await to be dug up, including more info on Trask Industries, but you can get your first look at Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask below, as well as the first official photos of the Sentinels. Enjoy!
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ stars both casts of the original ‘X-Men’ films and ‘First Class,’ adapting the famous comic book story of the same name for the big screen. After the world is overrun by mutant-killing Sentinel robots, Wolverine must go back in time to warn the X-Men of the life-altering event that sets his apocalyptic future into motion. The film is set to hit theaters May 23, 2014.
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release Date: 2014-05-23
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Adam Canto, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Fan Bing Bing
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Produced by: Richard Donner, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, and Matthew Vaughn
Written by: Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn
Let me start off by telling AMC and Cinemit Thank you for my Screening passes! (Warning: This review contains some mild spoilers)
James Mangold’s “The Wolverine” is a whole lot better than the butchered 2009 film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. But compared to this year’s blockbuster comic book films “Iron Man 3” and “Man of Steel”, it doesn’t quite measure up.
And that is not entirely a bad thing because who wants to see cities leveled to the ground again? Here, Logan (Hugh Jackman) is dealing with his actions in “X-Men: The Last Stand” that saw him kill Jean Grey (Famke Jannsen), whose consciousness had been controlled by the Phoenix Force.
We see Logan having regular visions of Jean and he seems content with things as it is until he is sought out by Yukio (Rila Fukushima) on orders of a certain Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi). Now the head of an empire in Tokyo, the once young soldier who Logan saved from an atomic bomb attack is dying and he has an offer for the adamantium-clawed mutant—a chance to live a normal life as a mortal.
Logan declines naturally and decides to walk away. As fate would have it, he ends up saving Yashida’s granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto) who attempted to jump off a cliff and subsequently finds himself caught up in the family’s affairs.
“The Wolverine” has ninjas and the Yakuza so there shouldn’t be any buildings falling in this film and in that aspect, the story somehow feels a little smaller in scale as compared to the aforementioned titles. But in exchange, the beauty of Japan is very much given importance in the cinematography here especially in scenes outside the city. It can probably even pass of as a romantic film with Logan protecting the damsel in distress, only, he has metal claws protruding from his knuckles.
But even that doesn’t seem enough as an unexpected kiss hinders his mutant healing powers. At one point, he would have to rely on the Japanese’s weapon of choice to ward off his enemies.
What was shown as a glimpse in trailers was the presence of Jean but having her play a bigger role in the film came as a surprise.
“The Wolverine” doesn’t have any of the wow factors that the summer blockbusters brought though it was effective in moving the bigger story forward.
Logan, who would have ended up living the rest of his immortal life in the jungle if he had his way, is haunted by Jean and would not have been effective in case he would be needed once again to don his X-Men spandex suit. With nothing else to live for, he has every reason to want to join Jean in the afterlife. However, a resolution on his part at the end of the film results in him becoming a healed man once again—and even in an unexpected encounter with a familiar face.
This is the sixth time that Jackman has played the character and he will do so once again for “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. It was good seeing the super-hero experience the pain of a gunshot wound for a change instead of the Logan we got used to who would just brush everything aside with his six pointy claws.
By fleshing out one of Marvel’s most iconic characters, Mangold is off to a good start and hopefully, this minor detour in Wolverine’s story pays off not just for the studio, but for the loyal die-hard fans as well.
“The Wolverine” opens Friday in theatres from 20th Century Fox and is distributed by Warner Bros.
With filming starting on X-Men: Days of Future Past tomorrow (Monday), Bryan Singer has tweeted this photo of Patrick Stewart in his Charles Xavier costume with the following caption:
“Picture before picture. Tomorrow it begins.”
Opening in theaters on July 18, 2014, the movie also stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing and Boo Boo Stewart.
X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn’s return for a sequel has been essentially a given – not only because the majority of people walked away impressed with his work on that X-Men franchise reboot/prequel, but also because he’s been actively developing ideas for the next installment (as First Class stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have made known).
20th Century Fox has reportedly (at last) closed a deal for Vaughn to direct X-Men: First Class 2 (official title pending), which will once again be produced by X-Men film franchise stalwart, Bryan Singer.
Deadline mentions that Vaughn is officially onboard to helm a sequel to First Class in the site’s report on Fox production president Emma Watts signing a new deal, through to 2015. That article also reiterates previous reports that the screenplay is being penned by Simon Kinberg – though, it is suspected that Vaughn’s First Class and Kick-Ass co-writer, Jane Goldman, will eventually be brought on to also contribute to the new X-Men flick’s script.
There’s no official production timeline for the First Class sequel just yet, but McAvoy and Fassbender are already locked to reprise their turns as youthful versions of Charles Xavier/Professor X and Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, respectively. Likewise, Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) is in line to reprise her turn as Raven/Mystique, as is Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer star Nicholas Hoult as Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast – among others.
In other words: with the majority of the main First Class cast prepped to return in the followup – and Vaughn passing off Kick-Ass 2 writing/directing duties to someone else – this project should come together quickly, so as to allow for shooting to begin in the near future (before the end of 2012, perhaps).
The primary cast of ‘X-Men: First Class’
News that the First Class sequel is (for now) making its way down the production pipeline at a reasonable pace should be welcome news to the ears of fans who remember how much First Class was rushed through development – enough so that, before the actual film was released, many people were anticipating that the final result would be a messy failure of a franchise reboot.
While X-Men: First Class does have undeniable flaws, the majority of movie geeks seem to agree: it’s still a very good comic book flick that rejuvenated the flailing X-Men movie franchise – and, frankly, had it NOT been made in such a hurry, First Class probably could have been a close-to-perfect film. Hence, we’ll all be crossing our fingers that Fox actually allows Vaughn and Co. ample time to process the sequel and smooth out any kinks that pop up during the scripting, shooting, and/or post-production processes.
With The Wolverine still being tentatively set for a 2013 theatrical release, it seems likely that the First Class followup won’t be arriving until Summer 2014. That’s assuming the former doesn’t end being delayed even more – and Fox starts rushing First Class 2 to take its place in 2013 (*knock on wood*).
Expect to learn more information about X-Men: First Class 2 in the near future – including (possibly) an official title for the project.
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