According to Entertainment Weekly, via The Huffington Post, Anna Paquin's Rogue will not make an appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past. More specifically, there was a rescue sequence shot for the film involving Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), and Rogue. However, director Bryan Singer revealed to EW that he has actually decided to cut that scene from the film. And unfortunately for Paquin, that was the only scene in which her mutant persona was supposed to appear in.
Here is what Singer told EW.com:
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.
The director was quick to point out that the decision had absolutely nothing to do with the Oscar-winning True Blood star's acting. In fact, he assured EW that Paquin had done a "fantastic job" with the sequence, and that "she's a brilliant actress." He also expressed a desire to work with her in the future.
As a fan of the character, I would have loved to have seen Rogue in the upcoming X-Men. I was always interested in learning more about the character's background. Also, I think that Anna Paquin portrayed her brilliantly in the original trilogy. But because of the fact that the character was only supposed to appear in that one scene, I do not believe that Rogue's axing should impede the potential success that the film may garner, from a general standpoint. It's not like true X-Men fans will boycott - at least I do not think they will.
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23rd, 2014 (sans one mutant, sadly).
So, what do you all think about Singer's decision? Would you have liked to have seen Rogue in the upcoming film? Let me know in the comments section below.