Anna Paquin will not be appearing in the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” anymore despite filming her scene as the mutant Rogue. The “True Blood” star reprised her role as the power-absorbing superheroine in the latest “X-Men” film, but director Bryan Singer axed her lone scene.
The 31-year-old actress didn’t make it to the final cut of the film because her sequence became “extraneous.”
“It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it,” Singer told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
And unfortunately, that was Paquin’s one and only sequence in the film.
“Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it,” the director said, adding that Paquin was “awesome” and that he would work with her again “in a heartbeat.”
The scene was a rescue sequence, which was shot in the early in the film’s production, and which featured Rogue with Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore).
The Academy Award-winning star “completely understood” her exclusion, though.
Singer continued, “It’s very disappointing, but she’s very professional and she knows that stuff happens, particularly with the material you shoot early on in production. Films evolve.”
It’s not final, though. HitFix sources claimed that it’s still “possible” that Paquin could be worked back in the upcoming reshoots of the film.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” would see the characters from the original X-Men film trilogy with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class.” It stars Hugh Jackman (as Wolverine), James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart (sharing the role of Charles Xavier/Professor X), Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen (as the young and old versions of Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Halle Berry (Storm), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), and Peter Dinklage (as Bolivar Trask).
It is scheduled for release in the U.S. on May 23.
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