Fan Bingbing is Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past


Fan Bingbing will play Blink, a mutant with powers of teleportation.

A blurry photo tweeted by director Bryan Singer has confirmed Fan Bingbing’s role in the upcoming X-Men movie. The Chinese actress will play Blink, a teleporting mutant, alongside a host of X-Men veterans, including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy.

The decision to cast Fan in Days of Future Past as well as Iron Man 3 has fans speculating whether her roles in the two Marvel franchises are related. Her role as Blink, the alter ego of Clarice Ferguson, also suggests that the film’s villain will be the ancient mutant Apocalypse.

Production for the film will begin next month and is set for release in July 2014.

4 thoughts on “Fan Bingbing is Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past

    • Well, in her first comic book appearance, Blink was killed off almost immediately, so that’s not very reassuring. But if this is the Age of Apocalypse incarnation of Blink as some are suggesting, then we might get to see more of her, although she is still somewhat of a minor character. And with the cast as full and esteemed as it is (two Best Actress and one Best Supporting Actress Oscar winners, plus nominees), I can’t imagine they’ll make much time for Fan Bingbing, who is largely unknown in the US.
      So, if you’re wondering if they cast Fan Bingbing in a minimal role for no other reason than to make the film quota in China… I’m guessing… yes. But we’ll have to wait and see, of course~

      • But the film quota thing only works as a co-production, which Iron Man III is but I don’t think this is? This is probably more similar to LI Bingbing in Resident Evil (but probably with less screentime), where she’s there so that they can market any film in the U.S. as a major deal in China … (although X-Men actually is a major blockbuster unlike Resident Evil)

        • Co-productions bypass the quota altogether. That is, they don’t count towards the limit of 34 or so foreign films a year, and can be screened as any domestic film. But, like Resident Evil or Cloud Atlas, casting Chinese actors provides an incentive for regulators to approve the movie, and likely appeals to Chinese moviegoers, too. Naturally, it doesn’t always work. Memoirs of a Geisha being a notable example.

          What’s peculiar about casting Fan Bingbing in this case is that her character is not meant to be Chinese, or even Asian. Clarice Ferguson is a purpley-green, mutant, Caucasian character. And it’s not as if there aren’t Asian mutants in the X-Men series to choose from, either. They’re effectively “yellow-washing” her character. It’s not the first time a character’s race has been changed to make a movie more marketable, of course… but it’s usually in the opposite direction…

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