Anna Paquin has been cut from the next X-Men film Days Of Future Past.
Despite only filming a short scene for the film, Paquin, who plays Rogue in the franchise, has been removed from the film which will be released in the spring. Director Bryan Singer explained he had to remove the True Blood actress’ scene due to time constraints.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said: “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, 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.”
The director stated Paquin was “awesome in the sequence” and he would work with her again “in a heartbeat”, adding “She completely understood. 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 film, released by Marvel through 20th Century Fox will unite Bryan Singer’s original X-Men cast and their younger counterparts from 2011’s Matthew Vaughn-directed prequel X-Men: First Class. The forthcoming film is based on Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s acclaimed 1980s storyline and will see Professor Xavier send Wolverine back in time to help prevent the eruption of an apocalyptic war.
Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen will play Magneto in different time periods, with James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart doing the same for Professor X. The cast also includes Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult and Halle Berry reprising their X-Men roles, with Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage among new cast additions. The film will be released in the UK on May 22, 2014.