Will Elizabeth Olsen Hex it Up as Scarlett Witch in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2?

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Elizabeth Olsen in Oldboy (2013) Movie ImageIt’s long been rumored that Irish lass Saoirse Ronan was Joss Whedon’s top choice to play Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlett Witch in Whedon’s upcoming “The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron”, pairing up with her brother Quicksilver for some shenanigans.

According to the website Bleeding Cool, unnamed sources tell them that Ronan has decided to pass on assembling alongside Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth (among others) in the upcoming sequel, and now the search is on for a replacement.

Whedon’s second choice? Elizabeth Olsen.

Olsen is an interesting pick. She’s obviously a pretty darn good actress, and has shown an ability (and willingness) to mix up her plate with indie jobs and high-profile big-budget studio films ever since she broke through with 2011’s “Silent House”. She currently has roles in “Godzilla” and “Oldboy”, along with a couple of indie films that most of you will probably never see (or even hear about).

Also according to Bleeding Cool, Olsen will have to gin up a European accent for the role, which has reportedly been described as a real “scene stealer”. I’m guessing, though, that if Whedon is looking at casting actresses like Ronan and Olsen, this version of Scarlett Witch won’t look anything like the one one below from the comics.

Scarlett Witch Comic Cover

I could be wrong, of course.

Ultron attacks the Avengers in 2015.

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Already stated he waouldn’t be using her costume. But Olsen is a great choice if they’re going younger. She’s a great actress. Makes her sisters look bad! lol

  • Juggernaut

    too bad Ronan passed on the role. I think that she would have nailed it. I suppose Olsen is a decent choice as well. Not sure that the studio’s top pick for Wanda’s brother, Aaron Taylor Johnson, is as simpatico with Olsen as he was with Ronan though (the two of them side by side looked like actual fraternal twins, freaky!) They could pull it off but I think that going with Olsen a better choice for Pietro would be Mortal Instruments star Jamie Acmpbell Bower. Side by side they look much more believable as twins than Olsen and Johnson in my opinion.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      That’d work, but Johns is all but a lock. Also all purists be ready for major changes. Though it doesn’t look like Scarlet Witch/Wanda will show up in DOFP, but Quicksilver/Pietro may still, this may free Marvel up a little. Bottom line though they can’t be mutants, and they probably will only be refered to by real names.

      • Juggernaut

        It makes sense to have Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver referred to as Wanda and Pietro in Avengers 2 since the Marvel films usually don’t use the codenames all that much anyway. Maybe once they are officially part of the team they’ll be given alias’.
        They don’t normally call one another by their codenames in the X-Men films too often either now that I think about it. And when they do it comes off very forced and dumb.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Exactly. I like when names come about organically, Like Abomination in Incredible Hulk or the way Mikey has a thing for naming everything and everyone in the new Turtles cartoon.

          • Juggernaut

            Yes! Although it was never said the way that Iron Monger was used was great too.