Report: Peter Dinklage Is Main Villain in 'X-MEN: DAYS'

Update Feb. 14: X-Men fans getting their hopes up to see Peter Dinklage play Puck in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past may have to reset - Variety is reporting Thursday afternoon the Game of Thrones actor is playing a villain. Citing unnamed sources the Hollywood trade doesn't identify the villain by name, but describes him as the film's "main antagonist."  

Ahab and Nimrod come immediately to mind of comic book fans familiar with the original comic book story, but we'll wait to see if any of the other Hollywood trades or Singer follow up with any new insight. Ahab really didn't have much to do in the original storyline, rather his character was followed up on in later stories. Nimrod might surprise viewers - while a Sentinel (and thus, a robot), the character can shapeshift and often takes human form. With Dinklage playing the ultimate mutant hunter (Nimrod actually means Hunter), we could see a very cold, creepy take.

Singer announced Dinklage's addition to the cast Wednesday evening.

Original story: Director Bryan Singer has announced another X-Men: Days of Future Past cast member via Twitter: Peter Dinklage.

The actor is new to the franchise, and Singer didn't specify his role. Soon after word broke Wednesday night, online speculation centered on Dinklage potentially playing Puck, a short-in-stature character typically associated with the X-Men-adjacent Canadian superteam Alpha Flight and currently appearing in Marvel's Uncanny X-Force.

Dinklage has acted in films including The Station Agent, Death at a Funeral and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and in 2011 won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role as Tyrion Lannister on HBO's Game of Thrones.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled for release on July 18, 2014, and Dinklage is joining a cast that includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult and Shawn Ashmore.

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