Several of the actors from the original X-Men trilogy will be returning in the upcoming X-Men film, but after the recent announcement, Anna Paquin will not be seen in the new film.
Anna Paquin played Rogue in the first three films, and while the reboot is now being used to combine the two generations of casts, her character is being left out. In a decision that the director made during the editing stage, she was removed from the film.
For those fans who already saw the trailer for the much anticipated X-Men: Days Of Future Past, this might come as a complete shock, since the footage of Anna Paquin was already made available to people.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past will combine the cast of the X-Men: First Class film with the first trilogy in a Back To The Future type of plot, sending the older actors to the past in order to change something in the future.
Anna Paquin had returned in order to reprise her role as Rogue, but will unfortunately not be seen by audiences when the upcoming film comes out. She was originally supposed to be a part of a rescue sequence, shot early in the film’s production. The scene also featured Magneto, Professor Xavier and Iceman, although it was her only scene in the film.
However, sometimes things happen, and it was not something that was planned in the early stages of filming. As director Bryan Singer said in relation to the decision, “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.”
Bryan Singer simply made the decision due to the constraint in time, and it had nothing to do with Anna Paquin’s performance.
There seem to be mixed reactions from fans…
What kind of a person cuts Anna Paquin from film @BryanSinger that's who. W-T-H
— vaughn (@vaughnramdeen) December 20, 2013
I feel like I can cope with Anna Paquin's booooring portrayal of Rogue being cut from my least anticipated CBM of 2014.
— Josh Wilding (@Josh_Wilding) December 20, 2013
He praised her, and after working with her previously, he would be happy to do it again. In the statement, Singer also mentioned “She was awesome in the sequence. She’s a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat.”
Anna Paquin understands that she was cut from the film for professional reasons, and although it will be disappointing to not see Rogue return in X-Men:Days Of Future Past, perhaps she will return in the next sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, which will be released in 2016.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past hits theaters on May 23, 2014.
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