Rumor: Joss Whedon and Marvel Eye Elizabeth Olsen for THE AVENGERS 2 as the Scarlet Witch

     August 20, 2013


It looks like Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) may have passed on the role of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2.   Now, it appears as if Whedon and Marvel have turned to Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) to play the heroine.   If Olsen seals the deal, she’ll star opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass 2), who is the frontrunner to play Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in the sequel.  While Ronan certainly would have been a capable performer on both the action and dramatic fronts, Olsen has yet to disappoint in her young career.  Hit the jump for more.

Bleeding Cool reported quicksilver-scarlet-witch-avengerson the new possible casting of Olsen as Scarlet Witch in The Avengers 2.  They also remind us that the Marvel film won’t be able to tie her character’s backstory into that of Magneto; Bryan Singer will, however, and he’ll have his own version of Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, to be played by Evan Peters.  Whedon previously talked about the inclusion of Scarlet Witch and Quiksilver in the Marvel sequel, saying:

“You know, they had a rough beginning. They’re interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn’t necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they’re not there to make things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier.”

Quicksilver (a.k.a. “Pietro Maximoff) has the power of super-speed and Scarlet Witch can cast “hexes” which manipulate probability, alter reality, and are a form of “chaos magic”.  It remains to be seen whether her powers will be toned down a bit or exactly how they’ll be worked in to the plot and the superhero team at large.  Olsen – or whoever eventually lands the role – is also expected to sport a European accent for the part.

Olsen has a number of high-profile films coming up, including Spike Lee’s Oldboy and Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reinterpretations.

  • Bob

    Great casting news so far for Avengers AOU. I’ll be extremely happy if Scarlet Witch ends up going to either Ronan or Olsen. I’m also very happy with Aaron Johnson potentially playing Quicksilver.

  • scottlebot

    I’ve wouldn’t mind being Vision to her Scarlet Witch.

  • dking55

    Her & ATJ are playing a couple in the Godzilla reboot. That’s gonna be a little weird if they both get the parts.

    • Strong Enough

      ATJ? oh god. now people are going to type that like JGL.

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  • Tyne

    I hope this is true, I think that she’d be great for the part :)

  • pinkincide

    We can all be happy it’s not Eliza Dushku.

  • jonnyrott

    If ATJ and RDJ are friends with JGL and all appear in AVG:AU that would be GR8


      IN JW W BLV.

      • Reina

        ha! best follow up comment. cracks me up

  • Vos_L

    “They also remind us that the Marvel film won’t be able to tie her character’s backstory into that of Magneto” And why would they even want to do that?? Not really a big loss there, lol.

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  • Baby Jean

    I guess this means Saoirse Ronan passed on the role. I had kind of been preparing myself for her as Scarlet Witch. But I like Olsen. Though very young she’s somehow able to portray older characters. She’s got a very mature aura on screen. It’ll be intriguing to learn about what kind of back-story they’ll come up with for the siblings. Whatever the case, the hexes should look so cool on the big screen, man XD !

  • josephjoe

    If getting a role in avengers 2 means being tied to a 5 movie deal, then I can see Saoirse Ronan’s point of view. She has a couple of very exciting dramatic movies lined up, that hopefully will get going in the near future; Mary, Queen Of Scots and Testiment Of Youth. It’s understandable that there would be a clash and she’s already committed to these movies.

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  • Agent777

    They should go for a actress who’s like a less creepy Melisandre from GOT. They should get German actress. They should. They won’t though.
    Quicksilver and SW has efficiently always looked exotic though.
    And Olson and Johnson (and I like them) are as exotic as a hamburger and apple pie.

  • Ashtalon

    I like Olson as an actress. I’m hoping they go with somebody a bit more Eastern European. Since Black Widow was basically turned into an American (doesn’t look Russian, no accent), it would be nice if the Avengers had some non-American (yes, I know Thor is Asgardian) members.

    • TheNinjaMax

      Here’s to the slim hope Black Panther or Luke Cage may fill the ranks in a future installment.

  • TheNinjaMax

    It never ceases to amaze me how using the term “mutant” could cause such a rights dispute that prevents Whedon to include even a subtle tie between the Disney controlled and Fox News controlled Marvel IP’s. Even more baffling, considering that, to the best of my knowledge, even the term “mutant” is not technically exclusive to Marvel or X-Men, i.e. Total Recall (1990) or the Dredd film reboot.

  • Nomis1700

    She’s fantastic, I would love to see her as Scarlet Witch although, Saorise Ronan would make a great one as well.

  • Oz

    Summer Glau!!

    • eternalozzie

      ummm .. no

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