Next year's prequel-sequel film, X-Men: Days of Future Past may already be an embarrassment of riches in cast members, but now, it lands another feather in its cap: A Lannister! Director, Bryan Singer has revealed via tweet that actor, Peter Dinklage has officially joined the cast.
Best known for his Golden Globe and Emmy-winning role as the diminutive, yet dangerous Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, Dinklage now joins a cast consisting of Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and just about ANY top name actor who has been associated with the X-Men film franchise in the past. (Except maybe Halle Berry for some reason.) At the moment, his exact role in the time-bending mutant mega-movie has yet to be confirmed.
However, putting two and two together, fan speculation is already pointing to Dinklage playing Puck, the short-statured slayer of the Marvel Comics Universe. In the comics, Puck was not a mutant, or a real dwarf, for that matter. He was a former mercenary and mountain of a man named Eugene Judd, who, in his quest for power, would turn to a magical artifact that gave him enhanced strength, speed, durability, agility, and lifespan. -- All of which came with the "huge" downside of turning the formerly-full-sized fighter into a dwarf. Puck would become a key member of superhero-team, Alpha Flight, who were essentially Marvel's attempt to recreate the magic of The Avengers for a team based in Canada. The Super-Canucks also hold the distinction of being historically tied to the early crime-fighting career of fellow countryman, Wolverine.
IF, indeed, Dinklage plays Puck, then his character would likely be retconned as a mutant. (Although, ties to Wolverine might still manifest.) However, it's too soon to tell. Despite the speculation that this casting will erupt, it could end up being for a more innocuous role.
X-Men: Days of Future Past may be looking to show that there are other badass Canadians besides Wolverine at theaters on July 18, 2014.
*UPDATE: According to Variety's sources, Dinklage is allegedly playing a role identified as the film's "main antagonist." This intel, however, is far from confirmed.