X-Men: Days of Future Past will not be going rogue at all. Anna Paquin, who played Rogue in the original X-Men trilogy films, has been completely cut from the latest sequel, director Bryan Singer revealed to Entertainment Weekly. The Oscar-winning actress, 31, shot a rescue sequence with Ian McKellan (Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor X) and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) set to appear early on in the film.
"Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous," Singer told EW. "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."
Singer stressed that the True Blood star's performance had absolutely no bearing on the cut, and that she was only on set for a week. "She did a fantastic job. She was awesome in the sequence. She's a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat."
Paquin has already learned of her fate, too. "She completely understood," Singer said of Stephen Moyer's wife. "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."
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for release next summer and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry and James McAvoy, among others.