Anna Paquin's Rogue Won't Be In 'Gambit' [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Anna Paquin has clarified that her comment on the Gambit movie only reflects what she knows so far — meaning, presumably, that things could still change.

In the X-Men movies, Rogue's primary love interest is Iceman, but in the comics, she's enjoyed a long, epic romance with Gambit. So now that Fox is finally making a Gambit movie, might Rogue drop by to make heart eyes at him?

According to Anna Paquin, no. The Rogue actress has confirmed in no uncertain terms that she will not appear alongside Channing Tatum in the Gambit movie. See the Anna Paquin Gambit evidence for yourself after the jump. 

Any and all Anna Paquin Gambit speculation was put to rest with a single word on Twitter:

If you want to get really technical about it, all this tells us is that Paquin isn't in Gambit. At least in theory, that leaves open the possibility that Rogue could appear as played by a different actress. And if you're really itching to put on that tinfoil hat, you can choose to believe Paquin is straight-up lying.

But the simplest explanation is probably the correct one here. There's no good reason to believe Paquin is being dishonest, or that Rogue will appear at all in Gambit. As mentioned above, the movie version of Rogue is romantically linked to Iceman. Meanwhile, Tatum's Gambit has his own love interest in Bella Donna Boudreaux, who'll be played in the film by Léa Seydoux.

Moreover, the timeline doesn't seem to match up. While we don't know what period Gambit will be set in, rumors of Tatum appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse suggest the character could be in his early 30s in the 1980s – which roughly lines up with the character's age in X-Men: Origins.

Meanwhile, the ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past shows that (spoiler alert!) post-DOFP Rogue is still more or less the same age as original trilogy Rogue. If Gambit is indeed set in the 1980s (which is not confirmed yet, mind you), she'll exist but only as a baby or a very small child.

The prospect of a Rogue-less Gambit is bound to disappoint some fans, seeing as the two are one of the most popular couples in X-Men comics canon. But the X-Men films have played fast and loose with the source material from the beginning, so it shouldn't come as a huge shocker.

Besides, the lack of Rogue is hardly the biggest problem facing Gambit right now. Director Rupert Wyatt recently left the project, making its original October 7, 2016 date look somewhat less likely.