Late last year, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer told Entertainment Weekly that the only scene that featured Rogue played by Anna Paquin had to be cut in the editing process. If you were as sad about that as we were, then rejoice now!: It turns out that may not have been the case in the end. The final X-Men trailer that debuted last night, and it featured Paquin's name in it. So is she in the movie or not?
Well, 20th Century Fox has confirmed with Buzzfeed that Paquin will in fact be in the movie as her character, Rogue.
Vulture offers an explanation with a few spoilers:
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.
While Wolverine is gallivanting around in the past with the X-Men: First Class cast, though, Kitty Pryde is injured, and her future hold on Wolverine becomes tenuous. In order to preserve the time travel bond, then, the X-Men must find Rogue, who has the ability to absorb any mutant power.
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 postproduction 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 offscreen.
X Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23.