Fans shouldn't count on a cameo from Anna Paquin in The Gifted anytime soon. Paquin, who played Rogue in the X-Men movie franchise and is married to the show's star, Stephen Moyer, says a cameo from her would be "distracting."
Created by Matt Nix, The Gifted is a FOX TV series based in the X-Men universe. The series takes place at a point in time where the X-Men have all disappeared, and mutants are left to fend for themselves while being hunted by the anti-mutant organization known as Sentinel Services. The show stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, a man whose job is to prosecute mutants. Reed's life was going fine until he reached the live-changing realization that his children were mutants. Now on the run from the government, Reed experiences first-hand how the other side lives and must work with the mutant underground to survive.
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Since Moyer's wife and True Blood co-star Paquin plays Rogue in the X-Men films, fans have been wondering if she would ever appear in a cameo as the character on The Gifted. In a conversation with CinemaBlend about her Netflix miniseries Alias Grace, Paquin shot down the idea:
I feel like that would be distracting, honestly. I mean, look, who knows? But I feel like that's one of those things that probably takes people out of the story in a weird way. If I was the creative force behind it, I'm not sure I would want to splice True Blood married people with different X-Men families. I feel like that might be a little schticky.
Though Stephen Moyer was hesitant to rule out a Paquin cameo, Paquin believes that appearing on The Gifted either as Rogue or as another character wouldn't work - because having Moyer's wife on the show would seem as if it were done intentionally.
There's also the issue of the timeline. Unlike the MCU where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Netflix shows seamlessly fit into the world established in the movies, the X-Men universe is a bit more complex. X-Men: Days of Future Past changed various events in the timeline, making it difficult to determine what did and didn't happen with the X-Men on The Gifted. Because of this, The Gifted is mostly limited to broad references to the X-Men, and may not be able to get any deeper than that.
The Gifted continues with "boXed in" on Moday, October 30 on FOX.