Joss Whedon is currently very busy prepping the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron, and he certainly has his hands full with the follow-up. Expectations are high considering the first film scored the highest opening weekend of all time and grossed a worldwide total of $1.5 billion, plus Whedon has to introduce new characters Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and villain Ultron (James Spader) in addition to juggling the already packed ensemble of the titular Avengers. Now there’s the possibility of one more Marvel character being thrown into the bunch, as a new report claims that Don Cheadle is poised to make an appearance as Colonel James Rhodes. Hit the jump for more.
[Update: We've updated the story with a reported confirmation of Cheadle's involvement, including information on his role in the sequel.]
Elizabeth Olsen has maintained a steady stream of work since her indie hit, Martha Marcy May Marlene, but with films like Godzilla and The Avengers: Age of Ultron on the way, Olsen is going to hit a whole new level and she’s about to begin that progression up with the highly anticipated remake of Oldboy. Olsen steps in as Marie Sebastian, a volunteer nurse who comes face to face with Josh Brolin’s Joe Doucett shortly after wrapping up his 20-year stint in solitary confinement. Even though Joe is understandably rattled and rather off-putting, he strikes a cord with Marie and she agrees to help him assimilate. The thing is, in order to do that, she’ll have to dive into the vicious mystery that’s been plaguing him for the past 20 years of his life.
While in New York City ahead of Oldboy’s November 27th release, Collider got the chance to sit down with Olsen, pinpoint her optimal solitary confinement meal, talk about her preference for Mikey over Brand Walsh in The Goonies, and, of course, discuss the sex scene. Hit the jump to catch all of that, her restrained but enthusiastic thoughts on playing Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more.
We’ve pretty much known that Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were going to play Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, respectively, in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now Marvel has provided official confirmation. For those unfamiliar with the comics, Quicksilver (who, because Marvel and Fox both own the rights, will also be in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but played by Evan Peters in X-Men) can run really fast. Scarlet Witch is more complicated. She can manipulate probability, alter reality, and has “Chaos Magic”, so it will be interesting to see how Whedon will interpret her powers for the movie. The siblings are Magneto’s children, but since Magneto is fully owned by Fox, their father won’t be mentioned (at least by name). They’re also of Eastern European origin in the comics, so presumably they’ll have accents for the film.
Hit the jump for the press release. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Spader. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
Not that there was ever much doubt, but Cobie Smulders says she’ll be returning to play S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Speaking to the Calgary Hearld, Smulders says:
“I think I’m in Avengers 2, but it is very top secret. I hope I’m in Avengers 2. I didn’t get my invitation yet. Well, actually, they know I’m in it but they don’t know to what degree I’m in it…I am really excited to read the script because they are introducing Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch into the Avengers universe and the bad guy [Ultron] is going to be very interesting.”
Hill didn’t have much to do in The Avengers, and while we don’t know the size of her role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I doubt she’ll have much to do in Age of Ultron. If Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets picked up for a second season, she could be a strong addition to the cast (assuming she’d want to do it).
Though the actor made no secret of the fact that he was in ongoing negotiations to join the ensemble of Joss Whedon’s Marvel sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Aaron Taylor-Johnson had thus far yet to be officially announced as one of the film’s castmembers. Now it appears that scheduling issues have all been worked out, as The Wrap reports that Taylor-Johnson has closed his deal to play Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver in The Avengers sequel. There was concern over whether the filming schedule of Age of Ultron would conflict with Taylor-Johnson’s promotional duties on Godzilla, which opens next May. All is well, though, and the actor will be fighting alongside Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Co. when The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.
Taylor-Johnson is one of three new castmembers to be added to the Marvel universe, as Elizabeth Olsen is onboard to play Quicksilver’s sister Scarlet Witch and James Spader will be playing the pic’s baddie, the titular evil robot Ultron.
With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World opening around the world next week and in North America on November 8th, I was able to interview the cast and filmmakers in London this past weekend. As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston). The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.
During my interview with Hemsworth, he talked about how the sequel is very funny, how he gets to have some fun with Mjolnir in the film, if Joss Whedon has told him anything about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, if London is his second home since he’s filming so many movies there, his character in Michael Mann’s Cyber and what the movie is about. Hit the jump to watch.
With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World opening around the world next week and in North America on November 8th, I was able to interview the cast and filmmakers in London this past weekend. As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston). The film also stars Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.
During my interview with Natalie Portman, she talked about how the sequel is very funny, when she learned her character would have so much to do and also be involved in the action, deleted scenes, what she collects, and if she’s been asked to appear in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hit the jump to watch.
All of our favorite comic book movies have strong ties with the publications that spawned them. While not exactly the same, story elements and characters are taken repeatedly from the comics for the movies and given a slight, if not extreme, twist. Rarely will you see completely original characters and/or storylines created for these, with some rare exceptions (Agent Coulson of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Avengers fame being a prime example). A number of comic book movies are coming down the pike and we’ve put together a primer to fill you in on the origins of the characters and storylines you’ll be seeing in Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hit the jump for a breakdown.
As preparations are well underway for Marvel’s sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, writer/director Joss Whedon continues to finalize his cast. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson are all poised to reprise their roles in the follow-up, and Whedon has added a few exciting new characters to the mix: brother/sister duo Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and robot villain Ultron. James Spader is signed on to play Ultron, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are in different stages of negotiations for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, respectively.
Jackson—who just made a cameo on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—recently spoke a bit about the follow-up, confirming that Olsen will indeed be playing new Avengers member Scarlet Witch and noting that filming will begin next March in London. Hit the jump for more.
Earlier today, Collider was able to participate in a conference call with actor James Spader for his new edge-of-your-seat drama series The Blacklist, which airs on Monday nights on NBC. Naturally, during the interview, talk briefly turned to his upcoming role as the villain Ultron for the sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While we will run what he had to say about his work on The Blacklist, and what drew him to that role, we wanted to be sure to share what he had to say about how he ended up as part of the Marvel universe.
When asked about what made him want to sign on, James Spader talked about how he first met Kevin Feige a couple of years ago with the desire to become a part of the Marvel world, having been a fan of comic books as a kid, his sons’ interest in comics, and how Joss Whedon told him that he wasn’t thinking about anybody else for the role. He also said he hopes for a smooth transition between when he finishes The Blacklist and when he goes off to London to shoot The Avengers 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Last month, Marvel announced James Spader was set to play the villain Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since Ultron is an evil robot, we didn’t know the extent of Spader’s performance. Would it just be voice work or would he be doing motion-capture work like Mark Ruffalo did for the Hulk? While doing the press rounds for his new TV series The Blacklist, Spader told The Inquirer [via CS], “I went in for them to take very extensive photographs, head scans, body scans, and all kinds of things in preparation for figuring out how the hell I’m gonna fit in this Ultron character!” It sounds like Spader will probably be doing motion-capture work, which isn’t too surprising since Ultron is a humanoid robot.
For more another brief bit of info on the upcoming superhero sequel, hit the jump for a comment from from Scarlett Johansson. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Samuel L. Jackson. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
Though Comic-Con’s Hall H is always host to plenty of panels that get attendees riled up, nothing quite shook the room this year like the Avengers sequel teaser video that announced Ultron as the film’s villain. The footage shown in Hall H is rarely released to the public by Marvel, but it appears that they’re making an exception with regards to the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser, as it has been made available in HD via the Iron Man 3 Jarvis App. The full video actually includes behind-the-scenes footage of Joss Whedon getting ready to take the Comic-Con stage to announce the teaser, so it’s a pretty fun watch.
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Joss Whedon is having a very good past couple of years. He wrote and directed The Avengers to $1.5 billion worldwide, he put together a successful modern day adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing that he shot in his own house, and his latest television show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just had the biggest debut for a TV drama in four years. Whedon is currently busy prepping the sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron for a March 2014 shoot, but he recently sat down for an extended interview in which he discussed basically his entire career. Whedon talks about the “haphazard” structure of The Avengers and how his feelings towards the first film have impacted his approach to the follow-up, and he noted that he plans on doing something original after he completes the Marvel sequel. He also discussed his involvement with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Hit the jump to read on.
One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Ron Howard’s Rush. Based on the true life events, the film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)—primarily during the 1976 season. Rush also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.
While at TIFF, I landed a video interview with Chris Hemsworth. He talked about what surprised him about the story, how he prepared to play James Hunt, what his friends and family said when he landed the role, whether Joss Whedon has told him anything about The Avengers sequel, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
As production on the highly anticipated Marvel sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron looks to get underway in March, writer/director Joss Whedon is nearly finished casting the film. The biggest news we’ve heard thus far, though, is that James Spader will be playing the film’s villain, the titular evil robot Ultron. It was an inspired bit of casting and extremely fitting when you have someone like Joss Whedon running the shots, and now the filmmaker has spoken briefly about how he settled on Spader to play the chief antagonist. Hit the jump to read on.