Marvel has announced that another actor has been cast in Fox's upcoming and untitled X-Men spinoff series. Jamie Chung will join the cast as Blink, a popular character from the X-Men comics with teleportation powers. Blink previously appeared in the future-set segments of 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," where she was played by Fan Bingbing.
Chung will star as Clarice Fong, a slight change from the comic Blink's alter ego of Clarice Ferguson. Described as a "sarcastic and lively tomboy," Marvel's announcement states that the character "has taken a hit after a sudden and traumatic upheaval of her life." Chung, an alum of MTV's "Real World" series, transitioned to acting and has since appeared in a number of feature films, including "The Hangover Part II" and "Sucker Punch," and ABC's "Once Upon A Time" series where she played Mulan. This isn't Chung's first work for Marvel, either; she previously provided the voice for GoGo Tomago in 2014's animated "Big Hero 6."
Chung joins Blair Redford (“Switched at Birth,” “Satisfaction”), who was cast in an unnamed role but one described as “the strong-headed Native American leader of the underground network.”
Blink originally debuted in "Uncanny X-Men" #317. The character's initial arc was short, with Blink dying at the end of 1994's "Phalanx Covenant" crossover. The 1995 event "Age of Apocalypse" presented an alternate, edgier take on the character. This version of Blink proved to be popular, and returned as the lead of the long-running "Exiles" comic series.
This untitled X-Men series comes from “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix and will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. On the run from the government, they join with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. The pilot will be directed by X-Men feature film director Bryan Singer. While Nix has not named any known characters that will be in the show, he has made it clear that there will at least be a few.
Along with Nix, X-Men film franchise veterans Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg are set to serve as executive producers, as is Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb. Unlike Fox’s X-Men films, which are produced completely outside of the auspices of Marvel Studios and its parent company Disney due to a longstanding rights deal, Marvel Television is a credited producer on live-action X-Men shows, including “Legion,” along with 20th Century Fox TV.