There will be one less mutant in Bryan Singer’s already mutant-heavy “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. Given that just about everyone from the previous movies except for Famke Janssen is coming back in the sequel, it’s no surprise Singer has had to start leaving things (and actors) on the cutting room floor.
According to the director himself, Anna Paquin, who plays power-absorbing mutie Rogue in the “X-Men” movies, will be missing entirely from the theatrical release of the film because the one and only sequence she was in has been excised from the film during editing.
Singer explains to EW:
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 actually kind of odd that Singer is having to explain this. Are there really that big of a clamor to absolutely have Rogue in this movie? This is the first time I’ve heard of a director coming out before a film opens to justify why he had to cut someone out of a movie.
But hey, we’ll always have Rogue in “X-Men” 1 through 3. And the eventual Director’s Cut of “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, of course. So maybe Fox and Singer knew what they were doing after all — sell the DVD even before the movie opened! Talk about thinking ahead…
The X-Men do their X-thing next year, May 23, 2014.