Fox’s Untitled X-Men Series Lands First X-Man

We’ve heard that Fox was developing a live-action drama series from Matt Nix (of Burn Notice fame) and Bryan Singer (from the X-Movies) based on the X-Men comics.  We know that the series follows a family with human parents that learn their children are mutants and must take refuge with an underground mutant faction to hide out from the government.  The show was confirmed to include (in some way) existing comic book characters (as well as Sentinels).  Well, today, Marvel has confirmed its first X-Man.

Jamie Chung has been cast as Clarice Fong (previously Ferguson), better known as Blink.  Blink had a small role in the comics during the mid 90s when she appeared as part of the Phalanx Covenant storyline.  In that, her powers were ill-defined and exhibited in a type of reality-scattering effect, making her enemies appear as a broken image, as if within a shattered mirror.

The character gained in popularity not too long after that as a fully-fledged X-Men in the alternate Age of Apocalypse reality.  There, the young Blink had been orphaned and rescued by Sabretooth, who raised her in the training of her powers and enabled her to become a complete badass.  Her powers in this reality involved creating portals and energy spikes.

The character has a unique appearance with pink skin and purple diamonds on her face.

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Blink previously appeared on screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past and was played by Bingbing Fan (seen at left).

Chung’s character is listed as a series regular, and her character is described as “a sarcastic and lively tomboy. Clarice’s naturally strong exuberance has taken a hit after a sudden and traumatic upheaval of her life. As she adjusts to the new people and places that are suddenly ‘home,’ Clarice is slowly becoming herself again.” Her TV character is said to have teleportation powers, which means she will more closely resemble the latter incarnation, which is a good thing.

The only other cast member announced so far is Blair Redford, who was previously cast as Sam, the leader of the underground mutant group.

This is somewhat exciting news, as Blink is one of my favorite X-Men, but knowing Fox, they’ll find a way to screw her up.

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