Anna Paquin's Rogue character -- who appeared in the original "X-Men" trilogy -- had been cut from the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," director Bryan Singer told Entertainment Weekly.

The 31-year-old Oscar-winning actress shot a rescue sequence with Ian McKellan (Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor X) and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) that was set to appear early in the film.

"Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous," Singer told EW. "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."

This is where I don't make a "So much for going Rogue" joke.

Singer stressed Paquin's performance had nothing to do with her scene being cut, and that she was only on set for a week. "She did a fantastic job. She was awesome in the sequence. She's a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat."

Paquin took the news well, apparently. "She completely understood," Singer said. "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."

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is set for release next summer and also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry and James McAvoy.

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