Elizabeth Olsen in Talks to Play Scarlet Witch in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

By August 22, 2013

Elizabeth Olsen

If you’re not familiar with the work of Elizabeth Olsen, I’d wager that’s about to change. She was the Sundance Film Festival’s “It Girl” a couple of years ago with starring turns in Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House, and since then she’s had roles in Red Lights, Liberal Arts, and the upcoming Kill Your Darlings on the indie side of things. While the quality of that group of films is hit or miss, Olsen is consistently great in those projects, and earned enough attention from major Hollywood players that she scored a role in Spike Lee’s take on Oldboy and the new Godzilla film, too. But now the up-and-coming actress might have found her most high-profile role yet.

Scarlet Witch

Bleeding Cool reported yesterday that the actress was being considered to play the role of The Scarlet Witch in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron after Saoirse Ronan passed on the part, and The Wrap confirmed that story today. Olsen is deep in negotiations with Marvel to play the role, and though technically no contract has been signed yet, this is all but a done deal. Olsen would co-star opposite Downey and the regular Avengers gang as new addition Wanda Maximoff, a mutant with the power to create hexes that reshape reality. Scarlet Witch is the twin sister of speedster Quicksilver, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson is being eyed to take that role in this sequel though the same character will be played by Evan Peters in X-Men: Days of Future Past due to a strange rights issue between Marvel and 20th Century Fox.

In any case, I’m hopeful that this deal goes through and Olsen becomes an even bigger star than she already is. She’s a terrific actress and seems to have a smart head on her shoulders, so getting the prominence of a huge film like this could lead to her starring in a few more indie films down the line that might not have otherwise been made. She’ll reportedly need to adopt a “European” accent for the role of Scarlet Witch, but I’m guessing she’s capable of making that happen convincingly. Are you interested in seeing Olsen continue to climb the Hollywood ladder and play this role? Sound off below.

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