Producer and writer Simon Kinberg Said last year that about 10 minutes were cut out of the newest X-Men film, and that this subplot heavily featured Rogue (Anna Paquin), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), and Magneto (Ian McKellen). We now know thanks to a twitter update from Director Bryan Singer, that the cut will actually be more 17 minutes long.
When X-Men: Days of Future Past was released on Blu-ray, Kinberg confirmed that the “Rogue Cut” was on the way because there wasn’t enough time to do it with the release of the theatrical cut.
At WonderCon last year, Kingberg provided some details on what the deleted scene would be:
“The biggest chunk we took out of the film from first cut to final cut was the Rogue plot. And that was the sub-plot that has now been well-publicized, but that I created, not actually to bring Rogue into the movie, though that was a wonderful consequence, but more that I wanted to have, and this was in the early script phase, I wanted a mission for old Charles and old Erik, for Magneto and Xavier to go off on a mission together.”
Kinberg then explained why it didn’t make the final cut:
“Just to see what that would look like. I mean, truly, seriously, it was like, ‘What would it be like to have Patrick and Ian on a road trip together?’ And that was kind of, you know, it got condensed as I wrote it and then when we shot it, but it was just a sub-plot. It was a perfectly good sub-plot and people will see it one day, and Anna was great in it and it was well-directed; it just didn’t serve the overall story. And it didn’t, it never did, it was created outside the core story. As a result, when you watched the movie, you were like, ‘Why are we on this detour, on a movie that already has two time periods, two types of Sentinels, 10-12 main characters, just as a lark?’ And so it ended up getting cut.”