Bryan Singer adds Fan Bingbing to cast of ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’

Daniel Cudmore also confirmed to return to the franchise as Colossus

The cast list for X-Men: Days Of Future Past seems to grow by the day. Latest to be added to the list of stars is Chinese actress, singer and designer Fan Bingbing.

She’s thought to be playing Clarice Ferguson, or Blink; a mutant with teleportation abilities and purple skin. Director Bryan Singer broke the news on his Twitter account, as he has done with most other Days Of Future Past announcements.

He simply posted a list of awards won by members of the cast, a photograph of the wall in his office decorated with pictures of the assembled actors, and the words “Now let’s blow s**t up!”. Eagle eyed fans also noted a photo of Daniel Cudmore on the wall, signalling his return to the franchise. The Canadian actor played Colossus in X2 and The Last Stand.

Last week James McAvoy, who plays young Professor Xavier in the franchise, confirmed Alan Cumming will be returning for the film too. Cumming appeared in 2003’s X2 as Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler, a good-natured mutant known for his distinctive blue skin. Speaking in December (2012), Cumming revealed that he wants to revisit the role, but admitted he hadn’t “gotten the call” fromn Singer.

However, during a recent interview with Heat Radio, McAvoy mentioned Cumming’s name in a list of cast members for the new movie. The actor said: “You got me, [Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender], Nicholas Hoult will be back, and he’s just blossoming massively over [in America]… Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Alan Cumming, Peter Dinklage I hear mentioned – I don’t know if that’s happening – ‘Huge’ Jackman is coming by, he’s massive, 7’5″ and muscly…”

Singer is due to start shooting the new X-Men movie, Days Of Future Past, next month (April). Last November, the director announced the film has roles for franchise veterans Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as well as the stars of 2011’s hit reboot X-Men: First Class: McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult.

Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine also has a confirmed role and Halle Berry, Ellen Page and Anna Paquin are all definitely returning too. Meanwhile, Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is a brand new addition to the cast and will play the film’s main villain. Days Of Future Past is scheduled for release on July 18, 2014.