Our Ginger-Haired Geek Overlord, Joss Whedon, confirmed a while back already that he would using the sibling duo of Wanda and Pietro Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver (who are totally for real 100% not Magneto’s kids in this film, totally) in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. No sooner had that news broke than the rumour mills started spewing out potential names for actors/actresses who could play them.
Two names kept coming up though: Soairse Ronan for Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Quicksilver, and while we still don’t know if Ms Ronan will be donning the red headgear, it seems that it’s looking pretty likely that Taylor-Johnson has just sped his way into the shoes of the silver-haired speedster.
While speaking to Collider about his upcoming role in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, Johnson – who is certainly no stranger to the comic book spandex crowd, having truly made his name with the feature film adaptation of Mark Millar’s deliciously violent Kick-Ass - was asked about his involvement in the next Avengers movie, and he actually confirmed that he was indeed in talks about the rumoured role of Quicksilver, the mutant blessed with superspeed.
“I feel really flattered and honored that they came to me for that role. I think he’s an interesting character and we’re just gonna keep going into that. I sat down with Joss, I think he’s awesome, I sat down with the guys at Marvel and they’re also great; I think it’d be interesting.”
And clearly, they’ve done more than just sit down with each other, because judging by this interview he gave MTV next, it appears that Taylor-Johnson has had a bit of a glance at Whedon’s still currently in production script.
“I think when it comes around and you’re asking about ‘Avengers 2′ and Quicksilver and things like that, the thing is to think about that he’s an abandoned child. Him and his sister are abandoned, they live in Eastern Europe. And if that’s something that you can make work, then there’s always… you gotta have something that you can relate to. So when it comes to that, then it’s enjoyable. So I don’t really care what it is you know.”
That leads me to believe that Whedon will be getting around the whole “They are Magneto’s children, but since Fox owns the right to Magneto, Marvel can’t say anything” problem by just portraying them as orphans who have no idea who their father is.
Now since donning the green and yellow onesie in Kick-Ass, Taylor-Johnson has evolved into quite the solid lead actor, with his body also evolving all that superhero muscles if those trailers for the upcoming Kick-Ass 2 are to be believed. Straighten out that curly do and bleach it paler than an Englishman’s butt cheeks, and I could certainly see him pulling off Pietro Maximoff with ease. And at this stage, it looks like it’s a mere formality now standing between him and the role.