You Rogue fans out there aren’t going to take too kindly to this news, but Anna Paquin’s character has now been cut completely from Bryan Singer’s X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Singer revealed the news to EW.
The director explained, “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.”
It’s been suggested that the scene in question involved a rescue of sorts, featuring Rogue, Ian McKellen’s Magneto, Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, and Shawn Ashmore’s Iceman. With it heavily rumoured that X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will follow the ‘younger’ cast members of the series, i.e. Michael Fassbender’s Magneto and James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier, it appears that we won’t be seeing Rogue any time soon.
The DAYS OF FUTURE PAST comic arc features an alternative future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels after a key senator was assassinated by a group of rogue mutants. Using time travel, the Kitty Pryde tries to warn the younger X-Men of what terror is to come so that they can stop the assassination and save the future. The film adaptation is going to have Wolverine be sent back in time by Kitty, mainly due to the audience’s love of Jackman’s Logan and the timeline meaning Kitty hasn't yet been born 'back in the day.'
Forming quite the ensemble cast, the film sees James McAvoy as the younger Professor X, Patrick Stewart as the older Professor X, Michael Fassbender as the younger Magneto, Ian McKellen as the older Magneto, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Halle Berry as Storm, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, Shawn Ashmore as Iceman, Daniel Cudmore as Colossus, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique. Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Omar Sy as Bishop, Fan Binbing as Blink, Lucas Till as Havok, Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask and Josh Helman as a young William Stryker. It also seems as if Booboo Stewart will be playing Warpath, with an as yet unconfirmed role for Adan Canto. Then there are several strong reports that James Marsden will be returning as Cyclops.
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will be released on 23rd May, 2014.
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