If you thought Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was trying to pack too many stars into the upcoming mutant mashup, you were right.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Anna Paquin’s Rogue has been cut from the final edit of the film.
According to the website, the one scene in which Rogue appeared was a rescue sequence involving Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore).
“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” Singer tells EW. “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 was in, 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.”
Paquin has been told that her role was cut.
“She completely understood,” explains Singer. “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.”
Singer is still editing the film, but he’s also prepping work on X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016 with X2 writers Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris. Just an FYI, Apocalypse is from Egypt.
Director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past won’t just be altering the timeline of Marvel’s mutant superheroes. A new viral video is making the rounds that hints Magneto (played by Michael Fassbender) may have been involved in JFK’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
“Half a century ago, Magneto was implicated in the mutant plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy,” the video description reads on its YouTube page. “The events of that fateful day in November have been a point of contention between humans and the mutants ever since.”
Unlike other popular conspiracy theories, this one – dubbed The Bent Bullet theory – claims that Magneto used his mutant powers to alter the trajectory of Lee Harvey Oswald’s second bullet to kill the president.
Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr was convicted of murder in a secret trial. But the evidence, the video’s narrator tells us, remains circumstantial. Photos of Magneto on the grassy knoll, and the bent bullets were used to convict him.
The viral video points interested viewers back to an info-packed site – thebentbullet.com – that offers up more compelling evidence that Magneto – “The most dangerous man in the world” – killed Kennedy.
Let us know what you think of the video in the comments below.
X-Men: Days of Future Past, which also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry, hits theaters May 23, 2014.
And I might be going out on a limb here, but this two-minute spot has me thinking this could be the best X-Men film ever.
It’s an expanded trailer of the one that leaked in August and heavily featured Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Ian McKellen’s Magneto.
“I’ve had a glimpse into the past,” Professor X says to Wolverine, before adding, “You have to do for me what I once did for you.”
“So, I wake up in my younger body and then what?” Wolverine asks.
“Find me… lead me, guide me, be patient with me,” X says as images of his younger self, played by James McAvoy flash on the screen. McKellen’s Magneto shows up and tells Wolverine to look for the the younger version of himself, before images of Michael Fassbender flash across the screen.
“Patience isn’t my strongest suit,” came Wolverine’s reply as we get glimpses Halle Berry’s Storm, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, Shawn Ashmore’s Iceman, Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde, Nicholas Hoult’s Beast and Peter Dinklage’s villainous Bolivar Trask.
We also get our first look at some new mutants, including Bishop, that will be showing up in the new film.
Directed by Bryan Singer, and inspired by Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s 1981 comic book arc, Days of Future Past is an X-Men mash-up that will find cast members from the original trilogy and First Class joining forces. The storyline deals with an alternative future in which mutants have been gathered and put in internment camps.
In an interview with Empire, Singer said his film is not a straight adaptation of the comic book storyline.
“It’s its own story, inspired by Days Of Future Past,” he said.
In the comic, it was Page’s Kitty Pryde that goes back in time, but in the movie it will be Wolverine who does the time traveling.
“She’s the prime facilitator — it’s her power that enables that to happen,” Singer added. “But it’s Wolverine who has the strength and the stamina to be able to go back on this journey.”
Let us know what you think of the trailer in the comments below.
X-Men fans received another tidbit of news over the weekend that should further fan the flames of anticipation for next year’s Days of Future Past. Over the weekend, director Bryan Singer tweeted the return of Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore (who played Rogue and Iceman in X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand), and Ellen Page (who was Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand).
The trio join mainstays from the original trilogy of films Ian McKellen (Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor Xavier) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), who will appear alongside cast members from X-Men: First Class – James McAvoy (the young Professor Xavier), Micheal Fassbender (the young Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (the young Mystique), and Nicholas Hoult (the young Beast).
That leaves Halle Berry (Storm) and Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) – who appeared in the first three films – still waiting by the phone.
The plot for Days of Future Past is adapted from a 1981 storyline from the comic series that involves time travel. In case you’re a newb, First Class is a prequel X-Men film that takes place in the 1960s.
Singer directed the first two X-Men films before turning the franchise over to Brett Ratner. Singer went on to make Superman Returns (we all know how that worked out) and Valkyrie. His next film, Jack the Giant Slayer, opens March 1.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently in pre-production and opens July 17, 2014.
What do you think of having stars from both series appearing in the same film? Will Days of Future Past suffer from having too big a cast? Let us know in the comments.