At the end of August, Elizabeth Olsen was reported to be in final negotiations to play Scarlet Witch for Avengers: Age of Ultron. According to Samuel L. Jackson, those final talks are now finalized. Here’s what he told The Wall Street Journal:
“I don’t think we begin shooting before March of next year. 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.”
Not only is it great news that she’s definitely in the film, I also like to think that Jackson will continue not seeing a script until the day he shoots. Or never. I want to believe Jackson rolls up in his own good time, knocks out some signature cool, breaks some people’s concentration and then heads back to smash mailboxes with Snoop Lion. Obviously the guy is a dependable workhorse actor with a metric ton of professionalism under his belt, but it’s the scenario I like to imagine.
With this reassurance on the table, the next question is whether Aaron Taylor-Johnson is going to indeed be Quicksilver — Witch’s brother and the other new addition to the franchise — or whether the role is going to someone else. As they push toward filming in the spring, look for a lot of new information to come out.