Aaron Taylor-Johnson has officially signed on to star in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Although reports suggested that the Kick-Ass 2 star was a shoe-in for the role of Quicksilver in the upcoming sequel, the actor hadn’t signed a deal with the boys and girls at Marvel. However, all of that has apparently changed.
According to The Wrap, Aaron Taylor-Johnson made everything official on Wednesday (October 30). Since the Avengers 2 shooting schedule threatened to derail his ability to promote the Godzilla remake, his involvement with the Marvel flick was up in the air.
However, all of that has reportedly been hammered out. While Marvel has yet to officially comment on the situation as of this writing, an individual with all sorts of inside information about the project confirmed Taylor-Johnson’s involvement with the big-budget follow-up.
The Kick-Ass star is clearly excited about playing the part in the upcoming sequel. During his chat with Total Film, the actor said he had plenty of material to help him get a feel for the character.
“There’s years — over 50 years — of backstory on him all there to use, and I like doing that. Him and his sister [Scarlet Witch] have been abandoned by their parents and their father, and they grew up in Eastern Europe defending and looking out for themselves and each other,” he told the website.
According to SuperheroHype, Aaron Taylor-Johnson isn’t the only person playing Quicksilver on the big screen. American Horror Story alum Evan Peters was cast as the character in Bryan Singer’s upcoming epic X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige explained:
“There’s a specific arrangement with those two characters that would allow us to use them with ‘Avengers,’ but not discuss or reference their mutant or Magneto-related lineage. They can use them as mutants and as Magneto’s relatives, but cannot have anything to do with ‘The Avengers.'”
Although Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s involvement with The Avengers: Age of Ultron is official, it’s still unclear who will portray the Scarlet Witch. However, Samuel L. Jackson recently said that his Oldboy co-star Elizabeth Olsen signed on for the project.
“I know we’re shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen, but I don’t know what she’s doing, if she’s on the inside or the outside. I haven’t seen a script,” Jackson explained to The Wall Street Journal.
Are you excited that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is officially on-board as Quicksilver in The Avengers: Age of Ultron? Do you think Elizabeth Olsen will sign on for the project as well?
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