Poor Anna Paquin has had a rough time of it in this campaign to bring X-Men: Days of Future Past to theaters. Paquin's character Rogue was confirmed for the film early on in production, the actress herself appeared onstage at Comic-Con 2013 alongside the rest of the massive ensemble cast - but then we heard that Rogue's scenes (fighting alongside a group of future X-Men against The Sentinels) had all been cut from the theatrical version of the film. And yet, director Bryan Singer continued to tease that we may yet see Rogue in the film...
...And now that's being further confirmed in a new report.
Buzzfeed got confirmation from 20th Century Fox that Rogue WILL be in the film, "Essentially, a cameo," as a rep was quoted to have said. That pretty much echoes what director Bryan Singer said earlier this year, when he both teased a Rogue appearance and an explanation of anomalies like future Wolverine once again having metal claws, even though the character lost his adamantium during the events of The Wolverine - a film Rogue was almost in, BTW. (There's also the issues of Beast having human form, Professor X walking again, etc. Big answers needed from this film...)
As for where Rogue fits in: well, going on my own instinct I would point to that moment of voiceover in the second Days of Future Past trailer - the scene in which future Wolverine is explaining (presumably to the X-Men of the '70s) the terrible events of his timeline, and all the friends he's lost. One could surmise that Paquin will at least get a second of screen time as a memory in Wolvy's head that the younger Xavier (James McAvoy) reads in his mind as part of proof of future events. At least that's a guess. (It would be a shame if it's true, as Rogue supposedly had a much more worthwhile role to begin with.)
In the end, most hardcore fans are probably rolling their eyes and waiting for the day when they can actually get the Rogue they know and love from the comics in one of these X-Men movies...
Days of Future Past Featurettes: The Costumes
WATCH these two new behind the scenes featurettes for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which talk about the significance of Magneto's helmet in this sequel to First Class, as well as what it takes to create the look of the '70s era onscreen.
NOTE: Be sure to watch to the end of both videos as they reveal new Days of Future Past clips - one of which is a direct echo of the recent button-scene at the end of The Wolverine, which launched the DoFP storyline!
BONUS: If you havne't seen it yet, here's the final trailer for the film:
X-Men: Days of Future Past will be in theaters on May 23rd, 2014.
Sources: Buzzfeed & Fox