Anna Paquin’s full performance as Rogue in X-Men: Days Of Future Past will finally be seen next summer.
Shortly before the theatrical release, director Bryan Singer let the world know of his editing suite victims. The collateral damage caused by a bulky running time, already overstuffed with characters and story arcs meant someone had to go. As fans now know, one of those X-Men faves was Anna Paquin’s franchise stalwart, Rogue.
Reportedly, her bigger part was cut back due to time restraints that simply wouldn’t allow for her subplot story. She wasn’t alone, either. Halle Berry’s Storm suffered a similar fate. Whereas Paquin’s performance was sliced down to a cameo (can you call a glance a cameo?), Berry at least had some dialogue.
However, if the fans yelp loud enough, the studio will hear. 20th Century Fox, who’ve heard the cries of anguish, have decided to make amends. Next summer, a new version of the film that’s never been granted a public viewing will be available to buy on home video. Entitled the “Rogue Cut,” this new version will re-introduce Paquin’s scenes that include ten minutes or more of brand new footage. What’s going to form the basis of these scenes? According to Variety, it will “also include other sequences involving other characters, as well.”
Writer Simon Kinberg, who’s always on hand to offer insight into the process, said of the new footage:
“It’s a big chunk, a substantial part of the movie. We want to give fans the fullest picture of the film — behind the camera, and in front of it, with the “Rogue Cut” and provide more of the process we went through to make the film… Every movie has scenes that are cut out, but not every movie has scenes cut out with such a beloved character.”
X-Men: Days Of Future Past is now available on digital, with an October 14th release set for DVD and Blu-ray. X-Men: Days Of Future Past: Rogue Cut will be available sometime next summer.