Yesterday’s news that a loose-lipped Samuel L. Jackson may have let slip a confirmation that Elizabeth Olsen has been cast as Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron seemed to necessitate a similar announcement when it comes to the character’s brother, Quicksilver. While Jackson may not be the one getting chatty in this case, someone around Marvel’s offices just might be.
Latino Review reports that the rumors that Aaron Taylor-Johnson (yes, Kick-Ass) has been cast as Quicksilver are true and that the British actor is set for the role as Scarlet Witch’s twin brother who has his own, very different powers. Yes, yes, like he’s fast. And he’s also a mutant, not a superhero. And that, eventually, he’s able to help other mutants restore their lost powers.
Taylor-Johnson has long been potentially attached to the film, with Latino Review pointing to a very cool article over at Total Film from August where the actor geeked out about the possible role, speaking about his backstory, his emotional connection to his sister, and his anger issues. The actor also seemed to have put a lot of thought into how he would portray the character on screen, saying, “I always thought it’d be quite funny if you saw him eating loads and people asked him why and he’d explain it’s because he’s burning so much energy all the time. Or ideas that you’d see him come back round – but he’s already nipped out and got his lunch somewhere else. He just got bored – his attention span is so fucking quick.”
Taylor-Johnson’s ideas weren’t just random conjecture, however, as he shared back then that such chatter was a part of possible negotiations, sharing, “That’s what we’re in talks about really, right now – how I could become that character and not feel forced. I might not look right with white hair, and the accent may be wrong…it just doesn’t work like that.”
There’s no word from the studio as of yet, but we’d be quite surprised if the next Avengers film wings into theaters without Olsen and Taylor-Johnson on board.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to open on May 1, 2015.
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