For better or worse, Anna Paquin’s Rogue was the linchpin of the first three ‘X-Men’ movies, epitomizing the idea of a mutant whose powers were indeed a curse. So even though ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ was an excellent return to form to the beloved first two X-films, it was a bit ironic– not to mention disappointing– that Rogue barely appeared in it. She merely popped up at the very end along with most of the original cast, in a dialogue-free cameo.
But as you may know, director Bryan Singer shot a full sequence with Paquin reprising her role alongside Ian McKellan as Magneto and Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, set in the desolate future where Sentinels had decimated the planet in their mission to eradicate mutantkind.
The scene was cut at the last minute, during the editing stage, when the movie began running long and Singer determined that it was superfluous to the movie’s main storyline.
And while fans were, for the most part, completely satisfied with the movie the way it was originally presented, Singer promised the Rogue subplot would become available on BluRay/DVD and not just as an extra deleted scene. On July 11th, during SDCC, the new ‘Rogue Cut’ will be shown on the big screen at Reading Cinema in the Gaslamp District at 8pm. But if you aren’t in San Diego to experience it, the new extended version will be released on July 14th on Bluray and DVD.
Here is a sneak peek of Paquin and McKellan from ‘The Rogue Cut’:
SPOILER ALERT! Following the picture are some plot details for this scene, so if you want to avoid SPOILERS stop now!
Obviously, Magneto has used his powers to blast through a huge metal door. But what else is going on in this scene?
In the movie, while a version of Wolverine is in the past, he begins freaking out, causing his physical body in the future to pop his claws, skewering Kitty Pryde. In the theatrical cut, she simply forces herself to continue with her (unexplained) cross-time astral projection. In the ‘Rogue Cut,’ Magneto, Xavier and Ice Man (Shawn Ashmore) set out to free Rogue from captivity.
The theatrical version of the movie was 131 minutes. ‘The Rogue Cut’ is reported to run 148 minutes and is said to be a ‘distinct film’ unto itself.
Are you excited to see this new variation of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past?’ Were you upset that Rogue wasn’t in the first version?
Source: Cinema Blend