X-Men: Days of Future Past boasts a massive roster, combining characters from X-Men: First Class and the original trilogy of X-Men films, as well as introducing a handful of newcomers. Unfortunately, it looks like there isn’t quite enough room for everyone: Bryan Singer has revealed to EW that Anna Paquin’s performance as Rogue has been cut from the film.
Paquin appeared in a rescue sequence featuring Rogue, Magneto (Ian McKellan), Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore). The sequence was shot early in production, and with Singer hard at work on editing the film, he decided to leave the footage on the cutting room floor. Here’s what he told 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.”
Singer made it clear that there were no problems with Paquin’s performance, calling her “a brilliant actress” and confirming that he had already spoken to her about the change. “She completely understood,” he said. “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.”
The decision comes as something of a surprise, as Paquin not only appeared onstage with the rest of the cast at San Diego Comic-Con, but is also featured in the first trailer for the film. All may not be lost, however: HitFix is reporting that the film is scheduled for reshoots, and that Paquin may be written back into some of those scenes.
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23, 2014.