With so many characters in one movie, this was inevitable. Entertainment Weekly has learned that Anna Paquin's Rogue has been edited out of the finished cut for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Director Bryan Singer himself announced the news, describing the cut as a rescue sequence that was shot early in the film's production schedule. It also featured Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore).

Bryan Singer explains the reasoning behind the edit, and that we will see it eventually.

"Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. It's a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she's in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won't appear in it."

The actress was only on set for one week, with the director emphasizing that the cut had nothing to do with her performance.

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"She did a fantastic job. She was awesome in the sequence. She's a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat."

Director Bryan Singer is continuing to cut down the film, aiming to hit his May 23 release date on time. Anna Paquin is the first casualty of the process, and he has let the actress know that she is no longer involved in the storyline.

"She completely understood. It's very disappointing, but she's very professional and she knows that stuff happens, particularly with material you shoot early on in production. Films evolve."

With so many new and returning characters, this might not be the only high profile actor, or returning character, that gets shuffled into the inevitable deleted scenes on the Blu-ray. Always a very forthcoming director, Bryan Singer will likely let us know as soon as the next big cut happens.

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