Jamie Chung is joining the X-Men. The 33-year-old actress has been picked up to join the Bryan Singer’s live action X-Men series, which is currently being developed by Fox. She’ll be playing Clarice Ferguson, better known as Blink – a mutant with ability to teleport and warp objects.
The new series will focus on a father and mother who discover that their children possess mutant powers. They find their way to an underground network of mutants, to escape a hostile government. Together, they fight to resist the efforts to wipe their kind out. Jamie Chung joins Blaire Redford’s Sam as mutants in that network.
It will reportedly exist in the same universe as the X-Men film franchise, which Bryan Singer has also had a large helping hand in. He’s the director of the first X-Men movie, X2, First Class, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse.
Jamie Chung As Blink – Who Is She?
Clarice Ferguson first appeared in Marvel comics back in 1995. She made her introduction in the Phalanx Covenant storyline. The Phalanx – cybernetic beings with a hive mind – aimed to assimilate Blink and other mutants into their collective. In that particular storyline, Blink sacrificed herself to save the other mutants.
She has since appeared in alternate universes and timelines, typically with her trademark pink hair and the markings on her skin. While she’s typically portrayed with the powers of teleportation, the power has manifested in different ways. For instance, she can use her ability for destructive purposes by teleporting away only parts of her target, effectively maiming or cutting them up in the warp. Her teleportation is usually accompanied by a ‘blink’ sound.
In Fan Bingbing’s portrayal in Days of Future Past, Blink produced large portals which she could use to instantly hop through space. It’s still unclear if Jamie Chung’s Blink will be seeing a whole different interpretation, even though the series will reportedly follow the same continuum. After all, the X-Men film franchise hasn’t exactly been popular for its consistency.
The casting of Jamie Chung for a heroine like Blink seems like a solid decision, given her track record. Her previous roles have shown off her chops as the tough female lead: Amber in Sucker Punch, Miho in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, and Mulan in Once Upon A Time.
Jamie Chung has also acted in a recurring role for another comic-based series, Gotham, and voiced Gogo in Big Hero Six. What are your views about her acting skills? Comments below!