It’s always a good day when Sam Jackson is out in the world breaking big casting news. The long time actor, and current cast as Nick Fury, has confirmed that talented young actress Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) has been cast in The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron to play the role of The Scarlet Witch, sister to the character Quicksilver.
Jackson let the casting news slip during an interview about his upcoming cameo on the ABC action series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when asked about Age of Ultron, Jackson stated;
”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 [who will play the Scarlet Witch], but I don’t know what she’s doing, if she’s on the inside or the outside. I haven’t seen a script.”
Olsen isn’t as well known as her two older twin sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, but she’s by far the most talented and far better looking of the bunch. She’s been in a number of indie hits – including the critically acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene and Peace, Love and Misunderstanding. She was also in the main-stream horror title Silent House and stars in the upcoming Spike Lee remake Old Boy and next summer’s blockbuster Godzilla. However, this is Olsen’s first foray into the action genre and a role in an ensemble this big. I don’t know if Olsen has ever been approached about starring in more mainstream films or even the action genre itself, I do know that households will soon know her name.
The Scarlet Witch has the ability to create hexes and manipulating probability but other than that she’s a rather bland mutant character, however it’s her association with her brother, Quicksilver, that makes her most interesting. The character of Quicksilver does not have a confirmed actor as of yet, but negotiations have begun with Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) to play the role. It’s unconfirmed what roles the two characters will play as it concerns to The Avengers and whether or not they will be associated with the group or Ultron – the films villain.
The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron is out in 2015.