Some bad news for fans of some of the female X-Men today, not only does Wolverine get sent back instead of Kitty Pryde but now Anna Paquin’s Rogue will not be X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer has confirmed with Entertainment Weekly that her only scene in the film has ended up on the cutting room floor:
“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”
Only one scene? Singer goes on to emphasize that the decision had nothing to do with her or her performance:
“She did a fantastic job. She was awesome in the sequence. She’s a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat.”
He adds that he already told Paquin about the cut:
“She completely understood. It’s very disappointing, but she’s very professional and she knows that stuff happens, particularly with material you shoot early on in production. Films evolve.”
The scene in question is said to feature a rescue involving Rogue, Magneto, Xavier and Iceman. As was the case with the original Wolverine costume ending from this year’s The Wolverine, let’s hope that the deleted segment will wind up on the film’s home video release as Singer mentions above. It’s too early to know whether or not Paquin might be back for 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
Bryan Singer has managed to gather an impressive cast which includes James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Lucas Till.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to be released in theaters on May 22nd, 2014 in the UK and May 23rd in the US.