Elizabeth Olsen has been cast as Scarlet Witch in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the movie, confirmed the rumors in a Wall Street Journal article published on Oct. 2, 2013.
Jackson said about the production schedule for the movie: “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.”
Olsen has starred in mostly independent movies, but her roles in the big-budget studio movies "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Godzilla" could take her career to the next level.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who co-stars with Olsen in the 2014 "Godzilla" movie) has told the media that he is in talks to play Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch's brother, in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
Olsen, 24, is the younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of "Full House" fame.
On July 20, 2013, Marvel Studios revealed at Comic-Con International in San Diego that the second "Avengers" movie is called "Avengers: Age of Ultron." The cast members of the original "Avengers" movie are expected to return, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Chris Evans as Captain America. And it's highly likely that a superhero from the Marvel universe will be added to "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
On Aug. 29, 2013, Marvel Studios announced that James Spader is playing the villain Ultron. Fans' reactions to the news were mostly positive.
"The Avengers" (which is available on demand, DVD, Blu-ray and digital download) was the highest-grossing movie of 2012. The movie sold $623 million in tickets in the U.S. and Canada and a total of $1.5 billion in tickets worldwide.
Joss Whedon, who directed and wrote the first "Avengers" movie, is back on board as director/writer for "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which is set for a U.S./Canadian release date on May 1, 2015. (The movie's release dates in other countries may vary.) Details about the "Ultron" plot are being kept a secret, but Whedon commented to Entertainment Weekly (before the announcement was made about Spader getting the Ultron role) about how he envisions the Ultron character: "I knew right away what I wanted to do with him. He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain.
"And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch ... As a character I love [Ultron], because he’s so pissed off.”
Given the way that Whedon crafts larger-than-life, non-human characters (such as The Hulk) in his movies, Spader will likely have to do motion-capture work, rather than donning a clunky robot costume.