In all honesty, this is probably the most anti-climatic news to come out of Marvel Studios' Phase Two campaign so far, but it deserves reporting nonetheless: Kick-Ass franchise star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been confirmed as having signed a deal to play Quicksilver in The Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Taylor-Johnson has been pegged to play Quicksilver for months now; in fact, a report from earlier this month gave unofficial confirmation that the actor was signed-on for Joss Whedon's superhero sequel alongside actress Elizabeth Olsen (OldBoy), who will be joining the cast as Quicksilver's sister, Scarlet Witch.
The report about the officially confirmed Quicksilver casting comes by exclusive way of The Wrap, which reports that Taylor-Johnson had to ensure certain obligations to Legendary Pictures were met before he could fully commit to the Avengers 2 shooting schedule. That's actually the strange bit about the story, really: Taylor-Johnson's commitment to promoting Legendary's Godzilla reboot is what held up his Quicksilver casting; Godzilla is a film in which he also stars alongside Olsen, only as love interests rather than brother and sister. Not at all weird.
Technically, Olsen has yet to be officially announced as Scarlet Witch by Marvel Studios - but with Samuel L. Jackson already name-dropping her in the role, one assumes that she's locked into place. The question then becomes: why was Taylor-Johnson's promotional schedule for Godzilla any more troublesome than hers? Could be a lot of simple answers to that, but it does bear consideration...
In any event, when observing Aaron Taylor-Johnson at a Kick-Ass 2 press junket, the actor opened up about the vast difficulties he had in revisiting that comic book role:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson: Yeah....I’ll be honest, I think it was a challenge for sure... It’s really hard for me because….I go to a character and then I erase it and I just jump to something else. I find that a lot easier. But to go back to something and then try to make it feel like the same person is actually a lot harder than it seems, I feel.
He actually looked so stressed about the issue when discussing it, that I was afraid to ask him "What would you do about Marvel Movie Sequels, then?"
Regardless of sequel-itis (after all, we have no idea yet if Quicksilver is a one-off character), Taylor-Johnson is a pretty dedicated and deep actor, who has impressed in both comic book movies (Kick-Ass), dramatic roles (Anna Karenina) and indie fare (Nowhere Boy) - same as Olsen has during her own rapid rise to fame. The two of them together - especially coming off of the Godzilla experience - should make for one of the better onscreen pairings we've seen (provided that Joss Whedon's script does the characters justice), so this is good news in our book.
FUN FACT: Director Bryan Singer will also be utilizing the character of Quicksilver for his film X-Men: Days of Future Past, and recently revealed the ultra-slow-frame-rate technology he's using to achieve the character's super-speed powers. That's a pretty high bar for Whedon and co. to surpass with their version - but at least they've got a capable actor to help them...
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.
Source: The Wrap