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Rumor: Elizabeth Olsen in contention for Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron?

Aug. 20, 2013by: Paul Shirey

The folks over at Bleeding Cool are hearing from their source that Saoirse Ronan has passed on the role of Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch for Joss Whedon's THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and producers have moved on to their next choice, which comes in the form of OLDBOY actress Elizabeth Olsen. Here's what BC had to say:

"According to my sources, Saoirse Ronan has passed on the role of Wanda Maximoff, The Scarlet Witch, in The Avengers: Age of Ultron despite being, at some point or another, Joss Whedon‘s top pick for the role."

Apparantly, Olsen would have to "adopt a 'European' accent for the role," which is consistent with what Whedon has said about her and Quicksilver's European origins for the film. Olsen has been on the rise of late, making a slow roll through the genre and indie market with pics like SILENT HOUSE, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, LIBERAL ARTS, and the upcoming OLDBOY, not to mention next summer's tentpole, GODZILLA. It would seem that Olsen may well be on her way to superstardom if she can secure this "Marvelous" role. Either way, she should probably send a 'thank you' card to her agent.

So far, Scarlet Witch's brother, Quicksilver, is heavily rumored to be Aaron Taylor-Johnson, with the actor all but confirming the role, while the same character is being played by Evan Peters in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Of course, the difference there is that the familial origins of the characters can be explored (i.e. being the children of Magneto), while in THE AVNEGERS: AGE OF ULTRON they'll need to be...obscured.

What do you think, is Elizabeth Olsen ready to be an Avenger?

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is scheduled for release on May 01, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Do you think Mary-Kate and Ashley are secretly jealous of their younger sister?
Source: Bleeding Cool

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1:41PM on 08/22/2013
Both Saiorse and Elizabeth are cute and can act, so I don't mind either one of them for the role...
Both Saiorse and Elizabeth are cute and can act, so I don't mind either one of them for the role...
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6:12PM on 08/21/2013

I have nothing against Olsen but...

Personally I've got fingers crossed for Alison Brie.
Personally I've got fingers crossed for Alison Brie.
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8:07AM on 08/22/2013
OMG, yes!
OMG, yes!
1:44PM on 08/21/2013
i think this is a red (or should i say Scarlet) herring. Nothing in this rumor makes any sense. Saoirse passes on a career changing role for no reason? Olsen (who was good in MMMM but is largely untested) steps in? I'll wait til the dust settles and some set photos come out before i swallow this one
i think this is a red (or should i say Scarlet) herring. Nothing in this rumor makes any sense. Saoirse passes on a career changing role for no reason? Olsen (who was good in MMMM but is largely untested) steps in? I'll wait til the dust settles and some set photos come out before i swallow this one
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1:01PM on 08/21/2013

Nah.

As much as I like and respect Ronan as an actress I don't feel she was right for the part. Olsen could make an interesting choice, but she doesn't strike me immediately as perfect for the part. The Daddario suggestion below is interesting. Physically, she would be perfect. After the Percy Jackson films it seems she would be up for this type of film. Who wouldn't? I really can't believe Ronan said no to them.
As much as I like and respect Ronan as an actress I don't feel she was right for the part. Olsen could make an interesting choice, but she doesn't strike me immediately as perfect for the part. The Daddario suggestion below is interesting. Physically, she would be perfect. After the Percy Jackson films it seems she would be up for this type of film. Who wouldn't? I really can't believe Ronan said no to them.
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12:50PM on 08/21/2013

Bruce Campbell for the SW

Oh wait, isn't Nathan Fillion the current geek flavor?
Oh wait, isn't Nathan Fillion the current geek flavor?
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12:12PM on 08/21/2013
Good thing she is a much better actress than he annoying sisters. I liked her in Martha Marcy, and think she is a better fit than Saoirse Ronan, who doesn't have the looks.
Good thing she is a much better actress than he annoying sisters. I liked her in Martha Marcy, and think she is a better fit than Saoirse Ronan, who doesn't have the looks.
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8:41AM on 08/21/2013
Well, she can act and she's darn cute.
Well, she can act and she's darn cute.
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8:34AM on 08/21/2013
Wouldn't have picked her for the role (if indeed she's up for it). She doesn't naturally exude the sort of vibe I'd expect for the character, but I guess with the right styling and costume she could be made to fit the character. Initially, though, I don't see her as Scarlet Witch.
Wouldn't have picked her for the role (if indeed she's up for it). She doesn't naturally exude the sort of vibe I'd expect for the character, but I guess with the right styling and costume she could be made to fit the character. Initially, though, I don't see her as Scarlet Witch.
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8:16AM on 08/21/2013

I think she's a good choice

i've only seen her in "Martha Marcy May Marlene", but she did a fantastic job in that film. She can really handle herself in this movie. Its a good choice.

and in my own opinion. Mary-Kate Olsen isnt a bad actress either. She was pretty good in "The Wackness", but both of the Twins have retired from acting and enjoying running a multi-million dollar fashion company. So it's not like they have faded into obscurity like most other child stars.
i've only seen her in "Martha Marcy May Marlene", but she did a fantastic job in that film. She can really handle herself in this movie. Its a good choice.

and in my own opinion. Mary-Kate Olsen isnt a bad actress either. She was pretty good in "The Wackness", but both of the Twins have retired from acting and enjoying running a multi-million dollar fashion company. So it's not like they have faded into obscurity like most other child stars.
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7:34AM on 08/21/2013
She wouldn't be intimidating at all as a female superhero. Wish they would consider Emily Blunt for this role.
She wouldn't be intimidating at all as a female superhero. Wish they would consider Emily Blunt for this role.
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6:41AM on 08/21/2013

Extra tidbit...

...I thought she WAS one of the two twins. Guess "wallowing in obscurity" still applies to everyone in that family.
...I thought she WAS one of the two twins. Guess "wallowing in obscurity" still applies to everyone in that family.
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6:30AM on 08/21/2013

Boobs.

No waif's please.
No waif's please.
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11:03AM on 08/21/2013
Totally. Scarlet Witch needs serious tits. Serious. Tits.
Totally. Scarlet Witch needs serious tits. Serious. Tits.
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6:30AM on 08/21/2013
Wasn't Evan Peters Todd in the first Kick Ass movie? I guess that's kinda cool. I suppose they should make Clark Duke the The Scarlet Witch :o)
Wasn't Evan Peters Todd in the first Kick Ass movie? I guess that's kinda cool. I suppose they should make Clark Duke the The Scarlet Witch :o)
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4:57AM on 08/21/2013

Alexandra Daddario, come on casting people!

Olsen is a worse choice than Ronan perhaps because she isn't even British. She isn't hot enough nor is she mature looking enough to do it. While Daddario isn't a Brit either, she definitely has the mature sexiness that Olsen lacks. I'm surprised Ronan would truly turn down a role in a huge movie like this so it's surprising they even need to go to a second choice. Hopefully, Olsen turns it down too and Daddario is their third choice.
Olsen is a worse choice than Ronan perhaps because she isn't even British. She isn't hot enough nor is she mature looking enough to do it. While Daddario isn't a Brit either, she definitely has the mature sexiness that Olsen lacks. I'm surprised Ronan would truly turn down a role in a huge movie like this so it's surprising they even need to go to a second choice. Hopefully, Olsen turns it down too and Daddario is their third choice.
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9:49AM on 08/21/2013
They're aiming young for this interpretation, hence why they're going with Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver.
They're aiming young for this interpretation, hence why they're going with Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver.
9:50AM on 08/21/2013
Considering Scarlet Witch is from eastern Europe, I don't think Olsen not being a Brit means anything.
Considering Scarlet Witch is from eastern Europe, I don't think Olsen not being a Brit means anything.
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3:08AM on 08/21/2013

No Dice

I guess I have to be the one to say what we're all thinking:
Scarlet Witch needs to be substantially upgraded in the dairy department. And Olsen is a B Cup at best.
How about Alice Eve?
I guess I have to be the one to say what we're all thinking:
Scarlet Witch needs to be substantially upgraded in the dairy department. And Olsen is a B Cup at best.
How about Alice Eve?
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2:51AM on 08/21/2013
I don't think the Olsen twins are jealous. Didn't they make like a bazillion dollars from Full House and their little direct to video movies? They're filthy stinking rich, and probably still collecting bountiful royalties.
I don't think the Olsen twins are jealous. Didn't they make like a bazillion dollars from Full House and their little direct to video movies? They're filthy stinking rich, and probably still collecting bountiful royalties.
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2:37AM on 08/21/2013

Plus...

..isn't she too young to be playing Scarlett, considering Agent Coulson is supposedly dating her? I always thought that was the hint dropped in the first Avengers movie, when Pepper mentions a cellist in Boston. Isn't Scarlett Witch a cellist or something? It's kinda creepy if Coulson was dating an Olsen sister.
..isn't she too young to be playing Scarlett, considering Agent Coulson is supposedly dating her? I always thought that was the hint dropped in the first Avengers movie, when Pepper mentions a cellist in Boston. Isn't Scarlett Witch a cellist or something? It's kinda creepy if Coulson was dating an Olsen sister.
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1:54AM on 08/21/2013
Let's just hope that this is all it is, a rumor, nothing more. Like ChosBeforeHos said, Scarlet Witch should exude sophisticated mature sexiness.
Let's just hope that this is all it is, a rumor, nothing more. Like ChosBeforeHos said, Scarlet Witch should exude sophisticated mature sexiness.
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1:26AM on 08/21/2013

No way!

What's with all the waify teeny-boppers (first Saoirse Ronan, now this)?! Scarlet Witch exudes a sophisticated, mature, sexiness... not lip-gloss and handbags.
What's with all the waify teeny-boppers (first Saoirse Ronan, now this)?! Scarlet Witch exudes a sophisticated, mature, sexiness... not lip-gloss and handbags.
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12:44AM on 08/21/2013
Downvote me all you want, but I say no.
Downvote me all you want, but I say no.
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12:14AM on 08/21/2013
Solid choice, and good up and coming actress with roles in Oldboy and Godzilla this coming year.
Solid choice, and good up and coming actress with roles in Oldboy and Godzilla this coming year.
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11:54PM on 08/20/2013
I like Scarlet Witch, I think she's a very interesting character, that has yet to be fully tapped in the Marvel Universe. I love what Marvel did with 'House Of M', and I think further exploration of the character is a must.

I'm still not sure how I feel about The Scarlet Witch (& Quicksilver) translating to the big screen though. I have a fear of too much CGI with their scenes, as well as Fox owning the rights to 'mutants', that it might take away some essence from the character.

I like Scarlet Witch, I think she's a very interesting character, that has yet to be fully tapped in the Marvel Universe. I love what Marvel did with 'House Of M', and I think further exploration of the character is a must.

I'm still not sure how I feel about The Scarlet Witch (& Quicksilver) translating to the big screen though. I have a fear of too much CGI with their scenes, as well as Fox owning the rights to 'mutants', that it might take away some essence from the character.

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11:06PM on 08/20/2013

Nice choice

She's definitely an up and coming actress and has the right look of Scarlet. Hopefully this is true!
She's definitely an up and coming actress and has the right look of Scarlet. Hopefully this is true!
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10:50PM on 08/20/2013

She's a fine choice

I consider her the most talented actress of her family and she'd make a great Scarlet Witch.
I consider her the most talented actress of her family and she'd make a great Scarlet Witch.
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10:25PM on 08/20/2013
Heck Yeah! A surprising casting choice but I'm all for it.
Heck Yeah! A surprising casting choice but I'm all for it.
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10:24PM on 08/20/2013

She is going to look...damn...I can't even imagine

She has a pretty nice body now but once she starts training and toning up...she is going to looks good.
She has a pretty nice body now but once she starts training and toning up...she is going to looks good.
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10:12PM on 08/20/2013
Could work. I remember a rumour about her being attached to the TMNT reboot. She would've made an excellent April O'Neill.
Could work. I remember a rumour about her being attached to the TMNT reboot. She would've made an excellent April O'Neill.
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10:04PM on 08/20/2013

Not going to lie...

I honestly thought Elizabeth Olsen was in fact one of the Olsen twins (Mary-Kate and Ashley)..until I read the tidbit. I'm still going to stick with my original Cast This pick: Alexandra Daddario.
I honestly thought Elizabeth Olsen was in fact one of the Olsen twins (Mary-Kate and Ashley)..until I read the tidbit. I'm still going to stick with my original Cast This pick: Alexandra Daddario.
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10:17PM on 08/20/2013
Me to, I didn't even know there was a 3rd sister in the mix?
Me to, I didn't even know there was a 3rd sister in the mix?
10:50PM on 08/20/2013
@DareDevil: Exactly. Like, when did that happen.
@DareDevil: Exactly. Like, when did that happen.
9:52PM on 08/20/2013
She would be a good choice, but I still think there is someone better out there for the role.
She would be a good choice, but I still think there is someone better out there for the role.
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