Elizabeth Olsen to Play Scarlet Witch in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Nick Fury himself has confirmed the news that Elizabeth Olsen will take on the role of Scarlet Witch in the AVENGERS' next outing.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Samuel L. Jackson let it slip that the rumors of Olsen's involvement are not only true - but that her deal is dry.
He told the publication: "I don't think we begin shooting before March of next year,' Jackson said of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the next film to begin shooting in the Marvel universe. '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."
Filming for the superhero sequel is scheduled to begin in early 2014, with an eye towards a summer 2015 release.
Olsen had two films premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: "Liberal Arts" in which she stars as 'Zibby' opposite Josh Radnor, John Magaro, Zac Efron and Richard Jenkins and "Red Lights, in which she stars opposite Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver. In spring of 2012 Olsen starred in the independent film "Silent House" from Open Road Films. Olsen also began production on two films; "Therese Raquin" opposite Glenn Close and "Very Good Girls," opposite Dakota Fanning directed by Naomi Foner.
In 2011 Olsen received a Gotham Award, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit Award nomination for Lead Actress for her performance in "Martha Marcy May Marlene" from Fox Searchlight opposite Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, and Brady Corbet. "Martha Marcy May Marlene "was also selected in the Un Certain Regard as part of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. She has been nominated for her performance from the following critic associations: St. Louis, Las Vegas, Houston, FIND Spirit, San Diego, IPA, and Detroit. She won Best Actress from the Indiana Critics Association.
Olsen will next appear in the Spike Lee-directed film, "Old Boy "opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin. The film centers on an everyday man that has only five days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for 15 years without any explanation. The film is set to release in October of 2013. Olsen currently resides in New York, where she is a student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Olsen can currently be seen in CSC's production of ROMEO AND JULIET.
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