‘Gotham’ Star Signs Up For X-Men TV Pilot

By February 22, 2017

Gotham‘s Valerie Vale is lining up a new gig.

Jamie Chung, a recurring star on both the Fox series as well as ABC’s Once Upon a Time (where she played Mulan), has landed a role on Fox’s upcoming X-Men series pilot. And believe it or not, the series still doesn’t have a name.

Chung, according to JoBlo, will play Blink, a “sardonic and spirited mutant with the power of teleportation.”

Described as a relatively unstable character, (Blink) will still be processing a string of traumatic events when she enters the show in search of a new place to call home.

The character first showed up in Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men in 1994, the creation of Scott Lobdell and Joe Madureira. The last time she showed up on screen was in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, played by Chinese actress Bingbing Fan. The character is killed in the film, but she was part of an alternative future that characters like Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Ian McKellen’s Magneto were trying to stop.

It’s not clear how the movie and television versions of the character will be connected, but Fan is expected to appear in future X-Men films.

Chung joins Blair Redford, who was the first cast earlier this month as a “strong-headed Native American leader.”

The series is in development by Matt Nix, best known for his work on USA’s Burn Notice, with a pilot slated to be directed by Bryan Singer – who directed the original X-Men in 2000.

It’s based on two “ordinary parents” who discover their children possess mutant powers, according to past reports.

Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

Chung got her first on-screen break on Veronica Mars in 2006, and also has appeared in Samurai GirlThe Hangover Part II and The Hangover Part III, and in Big Hero 6.

Chung also has an X-Men connection. She voiced Aimi Yoshida in the 2011 videogame X-Men: Destiny.

Filming on the X-Men series pilot is expected to begin next month.

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