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Despite being part of the expansive X-Men: Days of Future Past cast during production, Anna Paquin's Rogue drew the short stick when it came to the final cut of the film, and ultimately only appeared as a cameo in the final scene. Soon, however, she will get some redemption in the form of the upcoming Rogue Cut, and today we have our first look at some footage from the alternate cut:
Comic Book Resources uploaded this video, which seems to be a foreign trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past's Rogue Cut. Most of the footage is just from the theatrical version of the movie, but it takes a quick turn at the very end when we not only see Hugh Jackman's Wolverine say Rogue's name but also a quick glimpse at Paquin in costume with her famous white-streaked hairstyle. It's admittedly not much, and one can hope that future previews will give us a bit more 'new' to look at, but the good news is that the upcoming release promises a great deal of never-before-seen action.
Originally, Rogue was going to have a significant role to play in the "Future" part of X-Men: Days of Future Past. As you may remember, there's a part in the movie when Wolverine accidentally stabs Ellen Page's Kitty Pryde, causing her to weaken and for the time-traveling mission to be in jeopardy. In the Rouge Cut, the group of surviving mutants decide that the only way to help Kitty is to get the help of another member of the X-Men who has the ability to take other mutants' powers. In order to make this happen, Patrick Stewart's Professor X, Ian McKellen's Magneto, and Shawn Ashmore's Ice Man head to a prison to try and break Rogue out.
This sequence was ultimately cut out of X-Men: Days of Future Past because it wound up slowing down the pace of the movie - which was a hefty 132 minutes long when it came to cinemas - but I'm very excited to see what the Rogue Cut adds to the experience. The fact that there wasn't enough material set in the "future" part of the blockbuster's plot was really the chief element that disappointed me about the movie, and it sounds like that issue will be repaired in the special version that is being put together (which will be 148 minutes long).
We've been hearing about X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut for months now, but it is now actually almost here. You can start looking for copies of it in stores nationwide when it hits shelves on July 14th. Oh, and get ready for the continuation of the X-Men series when X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016.