For months, it’s been expected that they had joined the project, and all that was left was the crossing and dotting of ts and is. Now it looks like we weren’t wrong, with the studio officially confirming the two for the sibling roles.
It won’t be the first time that Taylor-Johnson and Olsen will be starring alongside each other, with both appearing in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, due out in May 2014. (Another reason to look forward to Edwards’ similarly anticipated blockbuster, as if we needed one.)
James Spader was the first new cast member for the sequel to be officially announced – though word came of his addition after talk of Taylor-Johnson and Olsen – with Spader taking the (sub)titular role of Ultron.
And whilst there’s still a question mark of Robert Downey, Jr. returning for a possible Iron Man 4, he has signed on to return for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how Whedon handles his character’s arc following Iron Man 3.
The leading cast from Whedon’s original The Avengers is of course all set to return, with Whedon once more directing from his own script.
The Avengers broke box office records around the world last year, netting the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time in the US with an enormous $207.4m. It went on to become the third-highest-grossing movie of all time, so the expectations surrounding Avengers: Age of Ultron are understandably high.
If anyone can do it, though, it’s Joss Whedon. And we can’t wait to see what he brings to the table this time around.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will be hitting cinemas on May 1st, 2015, bringing a close to Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have officially joined the Avengers family as the brother-sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the highly-anticipated sequel to 2012’s smash-hit “Marvel’s The Avengers”! “Avengers: Age of Ultron” arrives in theaters May 1, 2015.
Taylor-Johnson broke out with his roles as Dave Lizewski in the “Kick-Ass” franchise and with his portrayal of a young John Lennon in “Nowhere Boy,” for which he won an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. Since then, Taylor Johnson has starred in 2012’s critically-acclaimed “Anna Karenina” and director Oliver Stone’s “Savages.”
Since making her big screen debut in 2011 with “Silent House” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” for which the actress garnered a number of awards and nominations, Olsen has gone on to star alongside the likes of Robert DeNiro and Sigourney Weaver in “Red Lights,” Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson in director Spike Lee’s “Oldboy.”
Taylor-Johnson and Olsen will share the screen as leads in the highly anticipated “Godzilla” remake scheduled for a May 2014 release.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will bring the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with “Marvel’s The Avengers” director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. “Marvel’s The Avengers” was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.
In addition to “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; and “Ant-Man” on July 31, 2015.