Did you think Anna Paquin’s blink-and-miss-it appearance as
Rogue in X-Men: Days of Future Past just wasn’t
enough of the super-powered southern belle? Worry not, since Fox is
planning on releasing an extended version of the movie next year,
expanding Paquin’s presence in the movie.
Appropriately called the “Rogue Cut” by writer and producer Simon Kinberg, the
new edition will feature around 10 minutes of extra footage,
expanding the time-travel tale of mutant survival. Paquin’s
appearance in Days of Future Past was heavily touted
on the run up to the film’s release, until director Bryan Singer
announced her scenes had been trimmed from the cinema release.
Paquin’s scenes were reportedly short to begin with — the actor
was still involved with her TV series True Blood, and gave
birth to twins in September 2012, so her time on set was short to
begin with. However, having been a part of the X-Men film universe since the first
movie in 2000, and the latest movie seeing mutant teams from the
past, present and future sharing screen time, her appearance as
Rogue was to be a nice link between the different eras.
Despite that brevity, Kinberg told Variety that Rogue’s storyline was “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 and
provide more of the process we went through.” The restored footage
will also include other scenes trimmed from the final cut.
Kinberg’s announcement may be a little counter-productive
though, coming as part of the promotional tour for the Blu-ray and DVD release of the regular version
of the film. While that will be released in the UK on 10 November,
the Rogue Cut is set for release in the first half of 2015. Fans
will likely find it worth waiting for the longer cut, rather than
double-dipping so close together.