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Just days after Samuel L. Jackson let it slip that Elizabeth Olsen would definitely be joining him in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, another new member of the team has apparently been made official as well. According to Latino Review, Aaron Taylor-Johnson has closed the deal to play Quicksilver, the brother of Olsen's Scarlet Witch character.
Johnson's been rumored for the role since back in June, before we even knew that Ultron would be the central villain, or even the film's title. And though he apparently hadn't signed a contract, Johnson had no concern talking publicly about the character and what he hoped to do with it. Here's what he had to say in August:
"There's years - over 50 years - of backstory on him all there to use, and I like doing that. Him and his sister [Scarlet Witch] have been abandoned by their parents and their father, and they grew up in Eastern Europe defending and looking out for themselves and each other. His sister really is his guidance - emotionally she's the one who looks after him, and vice versa. He's very overprotective physically - he doesn't want anyone touching her."
At the time he still hadn't determined if he would play the character with the white hair and Eastern European accent familiar with the comics, but I guess with a deal closed that's a detail they've managed to figure out. What's weird is that Taylor-Johnson isn't the only cinematic version of Quicksilver we're left wondering about right now. Bryan Singer brought in Evan Peters to play the mutant in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, placing the character firmly in that weird area between Fox-- which owns the rights to the X-Men-- and Marvel Studios-- which owns the rights to the Avengers crowd and dozens of other Marvel comics characters. With X-Men: Days of Future Past coming to theaters next May, their version of Quicksilver will be the first audiences see-- but in a movie that's already crammed full of mutants, will anyone even notice? Then again, the cast of Avengers 2 is pretty busy as well. Comic book fans will surely have a field day comparing the two versions of Quicksilver, but for the rest of us, he might come across as two completely different young guys in the company of a lot of superheroes.
Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1, 2015, and you can click here for everything we know about it so far.