Hinted at by producer Lauren Shuler Donner last year, more details have been revealed about the Rogue Cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Days of Future Past featured almost every previous mutant in the film history of X-Men in its final scenes, thanks to a very handy Wolverine-led (Hugh Jackman) do-over. Though she featured prominently in the film’s marketing and trailers, there was only a very brief cameo of Anna Paquin‘s Rogue in the closing scenes, alongside many other characters from the original X-Men trilogy.
However, director Bryan Singer confirmed that while footage with Rogue had been shot, had to be cut from the film’s cinematic release due to time constraints. Speaking to Variety, Singer said that the Rogue subplot was a prison break (seen fleetingly in the first official trailer), including Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), but was cut as it didn’t impact upon the main plot.
In Days of Future Past, it is shown that Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) uses the blood of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) within his Sentinels as she has the power to change her form into any other person. This gives the Sentinels the advantage in battling against the mutants in the future, shown at the beginning of the film.
But Mystique‘s power hasn’t been shown as being able to absorb and replicate powers in any of the X-Men films. That would be all Rogue. It is a minor thing and while no capture, imprisonment or killing of Rogue is explicitly shown in the film, this could easily be implied or overlooked.
There will be an additional 11 minutes and 11 seconds of previously unseen material in the Rogue Cut, bringing the total run time of the already lengthy Days of Future Past to 142 minutes and 37 seconds.
The DVD and Blu-Ray editions of X-Men: Days of Future Past‘s Rogue Cut are expected to be released in summer 2015.