We often bring you news of actors joining casts of superhero films, like Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) playing the lead in Ant-Man or a new villainous addition to The Avengers: Age of Ultron; it’s not often that we bring you the disappointing reality of an actor left out of a film entirely because of an editing choice. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case with Anna Paquin’s Rogue in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. While the film unites nearly the entire casts of Singer’s previous X-Men films along with that of this film’s predecessor, X-Men: First Class, a sequence cut from the film contained Paquin’s only screentime, meaning she’ll be out of everything but the credits and the DVD/Blu-ray special features. Hit the jump for more.
As EW reports, Singer recently cut a rescue sequence shot during the early days of production on X-Men: Days of Future Past. The sequence also starred Ian McKellen as Magneto, Patrick Stewart as Professor X, and Shawn Ashmore as Iceman. It contained Paquin’s only screentime as Rogue, as she was only on set for about a week. Here’s what Singer had to say:
“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.”
Singer emphasized that the decision had nothing to do with Paquin’s performance, only that the scene didn’t work for the overall film. It’s unfortunate news for fans of Rogue, but perhaps she’ll make the Bonus Features cut.
X-Men: Days of Future Past also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage,
Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry, and opens in 3D on May 23, 2014.