Rogue will no longer be appearing in big X-Men sequel - despite her appearance in the film's trailer and Anna Paquin taking part in the film's panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
According to Entertainment Weekly, a big rescue scene featuring Rogue, Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) has been cut from the film entirely
. There was a quick shot from this sequence in the trailer, featuring Paquin, Ashmore and McKellan.
Director Bryan Singer explains, “Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. 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.”
Singer goes on to clarify that the edit has nothing to do with Paquin herself, saying the "brilliant actress" did a "fantastic" job.