Fans of Rogue, get your rage-caps on: X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has revealed that Anna Paquin's character has been all but removed from the upcoming film.
Any film's editing process will inevitably include scene cuts, but when said scene is the bulk of a character's screentime, pulling the bandaid hurts just a bit more. Alas, such is the case with the newest entry in the X-Men film franchise: a rescue scene involving Rogue, Magneto, Professor X, and Iceman has been removed from the final draft, which has significantly reduced Anna Paquin's presence in the film.
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.
He has also made it expressly clear that the decision had nothing to do Paquin personally or professionally: “She was awesome in the sequence. She’s a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat.” Though Paquin was reportedly on set for only a week, it's still regrettable that she won't be properly involved in one of the most beloved X-Men story arcs in the franchise's history.
The movie is set for release May 23, 2014, and stars Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy.