Ahead of the release of the theatrical cut of X-Men Days Of Future Past, Variety has confirmed that the extended edition featuring Anna Paquin’s Rogue will arrive on Home Entertainment summer 2015. Fans of the hit superhero franchise were surprised when director Bryan Singer announced that the majority of Paquin’s scenes wouldn’t make the final cut.
Singer was quick to point out this decision had nothing to do with her performance, the sequence was removed to speed up the main story as Singer felt Rouge’s subplot was perhaps a deviation from the main narrative. Rogue does appear very briefly in theatrical release, but (spoiler alert) it was reduced to a mute five second cameo.
Days Of Future Past was a much needed creative shot in the arm to the ageing franchise, forging one of the best loved stories from the comic books the movie delivered a thrilling time travel adventure that successfully undid some of the damage caused by The Last Stand. The future looks bright for the X-Men with Singer officially returning to direct the next entry, Apocalypse, that is due for release summer 2016.
Set in the mid 1980s with the focus on the First Class quartet (James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicolas Hoult and Michael Fassbender), younger versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm are expected to feature in addition to a more prominent role for Quicksilver (Evan Peters). X-Men: Days Of Future Past is released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 14 in the US and arrives in the UK on November 10.
We’ll let you know as soon as there is an official release date for the extended edition.