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Paquin suits up for Singer’s ‘X’ team

Oscar-winner taking on role of Rogue

NEW YORK — Anna Paquin, the Oscar-winning star of “The Piano,” has joined the cast of Fox’s “X-Men,” the Bryan Singer-directed adaptation of the bestselling Marvel Comics franchise.

Paquin will play Rogue, a high school girl with psychic powers who is recruited by the X-Men to help fight their archenemy, Magneto. Among Rogue’s attributes is the ability to absorb the powers of anyone she has contact with.

Paquin joins Dougray Scott, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in the film, which was scripted by Ed Solomon and Chris McQuarrie; shooting begins in September.

Paquin is currently at work on Cameron Crowe’s untitled music film for DreamWorks, and will next appear opposite Giovanni Ribisi in “All the Rage.”

Paquin was just seen in the Tony Goldwyn-directed “A Walk on the Moon,” starring Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen.

She’s repped by William Morris, managed by AMG’s Julie Yorn and lawyered by Jason Sloane of Hansen Jacobson Teller & Hoberman.

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