Anna Paquin’s Rogue Still Part of DAYS OF FUTURE PAST In A Cameo Role
To say that Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is a giant undertaking is a bit of an understatement. Regardless of your opinion of the film, or past films for that matter, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Singer had the daunting task of taking two ensemble casts from both the X-Men films and squeeze them into a single film. That is a lot of characters to wrangle and organize and film, as well as try and get the essential story told without over-burdening the film with too many characters. Not surprisingly, it was announced that Anna Paquin’s character, Rogue, had been cut from the film in order to get the movie time down to a reasonable number. However, all of the promo material we have see has included the character, so there has been some confusion. Being that part of the film takes place in an abysmal future, where mutants are fighting for survival, it is expected that some of the characters from the original X-Men film may only be featured for a short time before succumbing to a Sentinel. According to Vulture, that is somewhat true.
Before I go on, I have to elicit the usual SPOILER WARNING. The information below may be considered spoilerish and does reveal some story plot lines. You’ve been warned!
The site states that Rogue was nearly cut from the film, but the role she plays in the story is quite pivotal to the story, so they could not cut her completely. Instead, Rogue will be reduced to a cameo. What you’ll read below is a rather detailed description of the short, but essential role that Rogue plays in the movie.
Days of Future Past begins in a dystopian future where the few remaining mutants are being hunted by fearsome robotic Sentinels, and both Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) decide they can change their present by sending Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) into the past, where he can alter the course of history that will eventually lead to those Sentinels being created. To do this, they employ mutant Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), who is able to project Wolverine’s consciousness back in time and into his younger body.
Unfortunately, Rogue is being held prisoner at Xavier Mansion, which has been transformed into a Sentinel-guarded military base, and the mission to find and rescue her — an expensive, lengthy sequence that involves Professor X, Magneto, and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) — was sliced from the film in post production after Fox executives worried it would pad the running time to over two and a half hours. Rogue is still brought in briefly to absorb Kitty’s power and tend to Wolverine, but the machinations to get her there will now happen off-screen.
Much of this we already knew, but this at least clears things up in regards to her role. To expand on things, one rumor we hears a few months back was that during the escape sequence that was cut, Rogue takes to the air and battles a Sentinel using powers she’d absorbed from other mutants. Essentially becoming the Rogue that fans have been asking for since the first time we saw her on screen, which is a shame.
Vulture goes on to say that there are actually several “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearances” by some of the characters from the original X-Men films. One of these we expect to be Beast, played once again by Kelsey Grammer, as our very own Jake Lester reported yesterday. Who else can we expect to see? It’s hard to say, but there are certainly numerous Mutants to pull from: Mystique (Rebecca Romijn), Toad (Ray Park), Nightcrawler, Pyro. We’ll have to wait and see.
What this means, and was pretty much confirmed by the explosive new- and final- trailer that was revealed last night, is that most of the film will focus on the First Class characters, which includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence and Lucas Till. Which makes sense, since the next X-Men film we’ll see is X-Men: Apocalypse, which takes place in the 1980’s and focuses on this same group.
You can check out the latest- and most awesomest- trailer by CLICKING HERE. X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to hit theaters on May 23rd.
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