Stephen Moyer appears to be in favor of Anna Paquin making a cameo appearance as Rogue in his new X-Men TV series The Gifted. The X-Men live-action universe has taken quite a few eventful turns in the past year following the lukewarm reception in 2016 of X-Men: Apocalypse. Shifting its focus to a more youth-oriented approach, 20th Century Fox is currently working the films X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants, and for the first time, a live-action version of the famed Marvel Comics mutants will be featured on FOX with the The Gifted, set to premiere this fall.
In the series, Moyer plays a parent trying to protect his mutant children from the government. And while the show initially is mostly concentrating mostly on younger versions of mutants not featured in any of the X-Men movies (including Polaris and Thunderbird), the return of core characters from either the original or First Class iterations of the saga is yet to be seen.
The inclusion of established X-Men characters in The Gifted is a dilemma that Moyer admits that he is struggling to understand (and complicating matters is that Moyer is married to Paquin, whom he also starred with on the smash HBO vampire series True Blood). In an interview with EW, Moyer seems warm to the idea of a Rogue cameo by Paquin, so long as its a proper fit. He says:
“Well, obviously she is in the X-Men universe. Her character, obviously, could possibly … I don’t know, I don’t quite understand the timeline because obviously, the X-Men timeline is very, very specific, so never say never, but I don’t know. I don’t want to say anything that gets me into trouble.”
Of course, given that screenwriters retooled the fate of certain characters in X-Men: Days of Future Past, it wouldn’t come as a complete surprise to fans to alter timelines to include characters (if not the original actors that played them on film) in The Gifted. There’s certainly room for previous X-Men actors in the new film projects, as Michael Fassbender looks to be reprising Magneto in X-Men: Dark Phoenix; and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) may return for the film as well. As for the return for James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier, for the time being he will not be a part of New Mutants.
If Paquin does indeed end up making a cameo in The Gifted, the move is sure to be embraced by fans who were disappointed by her minor role in the theatrical cut of Days of Future Past (the actress did eventually get her due in The Rogue Cut on video). Given the twists and turns of the film saga over the years, fans should know by now that no mutant’s story is ever complete, unless his name is Logan/Wolverine (that is, until a daring producer confronts the idea of replacing Hugh Jackman).