FIRST LOOK: Peter Dinklage in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; New Sentinel Images & Details Revealed
Bryan Singer returns to the director's chair of the film franchise he helped launch in the upcoming sequel to last summer's X-Men: First Class, which is scheduled for theatrical release in 2014.
'Days of Future Past' is a Marvel Comics storyline published in 1981 that deals with a dystopian, alternative future in which mutants are hunted down by government controlled robots (Sentinels) and incarcerated in internment camps. An older Kitty Pryde transfers her mind into the younger, present-day Kitty Pryde, who brings the X-Men to prevent a fatal moment in history which triggers anti-mutant hysteria. No official plot synopsis for the film has been released, but it's known that majority of the story will take place in the 1970s and time travel will play a heavy role. Hugh Jackman's Wolverine will be a central character, and the movie will combine the casts of X-Men: First Class with the previous X-Men trilogy.
20th Century Fox has now launched an interactive viral marketing site at http://www.trask-industries.com/ which reveals the film's central antagonist Bolivar Trask (played by Peter Dinklage) and offers plenty of details about the anti-mutant Sentinel program:
WELCOME TO TRASK INDUSTRIES
Founded by Bolivar Trask in 1967, Trask Industries was built on the philosophy of advancing human progress through technology and genetics. Our early research led to the revolutionary development of DNA-Generated Prosthetics. Since then, Trask Industries has taken the lead in genetics-based defense technology with our Mutant Detection Device and Sentinel program. We’ve partnered with international governments to ensure that any threat to human extinction is preemptively neutralized. With Trask Industries, you can rest assured that the future of humanity is in safe hands.
"The mutant threat is the defining issue of our time. We can choose to stem the impending tide of extinction or we can stand by passively and allow it to wash away any remnants of our species." – Founder, Bolivar Trask - 1973
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. Since its founding, Trask Industries has been at the forefront of human progress, partnering with domestic and international governments since the Nixon administration. Trask’s early ambition for genetic progress continues to fuel our technological innovations today.
THE SENTINEL PROGRAM
In 1973, Trask Industries introduced the first Sentinel production model, the Mark I. Bolivar Trask’s groundbreaking research in AI, robotics and autonomous ballistic systems laid the foundation for the world's most capable anti-mutant defense system. Since the program's inception, we’ve continued to advance our founder's cause through eight additional generational upgrades and enhancements.
As we celebrate five decades of achievement, we also bid farewell to regular production of the Mark I and shift our efforts to full-time manufacturing of the Mark X — our first complete overhaul of the Sentinel line. These highly anticipated units will combine next-generation nanotechnology and bioweapon breakthroughs, promising an even brighter future for the human race.
SENTINEL MARK I (9TH GENERATION)
Between 1973 and 1996, Trask produced 8732 Sentinel Mark Is for the governments of the United States, China, Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, France, India and the United Kingdom.
MUTANT DETECTION DEVICE
The Mutant Detection Device was one of Bolivar Trask's first major inventions. The MDD identifies cerebral output waves along certain genetically common frequencies in order to identify the presence of humans with X-Gene mutations. This technology now comes standard in every Sentinel we build.
Using the principles of the MDD, Trask’s applied physicists and geneticists went on to develop the X-Gene Inhibitor Collar, a Trask-proprietary containment measure. The fitted device can be worn by individuals exhibiting pathological mutant gene expression and can be used to control dangerous impulses or actions.
- 1973 marked the launch of the Sentinel Mark 1 supported by a highly celebrated public relations campaign.
- May 18th, 1974, Congress passed HCa (Homeland Containment Art), deploying Sentinels to the top 5 most densely populated cities in the U.S.
- The 1980s marked the international deployment of Mark I Sentinels in major cities across the globe including London, Berlin, Stockholm, Seoul, Petersburg and Beijing.
- Sentinels are capable of mobilizing in response to international turmoil at a moment's notice.
- Since their initial deployment, Sentinels have been standard issue in the U.S. presidental security attache.
X-Men: Days of Future Past stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart , Ian McKellen Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Hugh Jackman, Shawn Ashmore, Evan Peters, Anna Paquin, Peter Dinklage and Omar Sy. Bryan Singer (X-Men, X-Men 2, Superman Returns and Jack the Giant Slayer) will direct the film off a screenplay by Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, This Means War, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). 20th Century Fox has scheduled the film for theatrical release on July 18th, 2014.