Aaron Taylor-Johnson hasn't actually landed the role of Pietro Maximoff a.k.a. Quicksilver in Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but apparently that's not stopping him from talking all about it. And why not? Judging by Total Film's recent interview with the star, he's been doing a lot of hard work and research trying to get the part, so perhaps he's earned the right to talk a bit.
With Kick-Ass 2 arriving in theaters soon, Taylor-Johnson is doing the press rounds, and the aforementioned film magazine took their opportunity to speak with him to talk about the Quicksilver rumors that sprouted back in June. The actor confirmed that he is still in talks with Whedon and the folks at Marvel Studios and that he hasn't signed on the dotted line just yet, but he has already been digging into the comic book history of the character as a guide on how to potentially play him.
As fans know, Quicksilver's relationship with his sister Scarlet Witch is easily the strongest bond he has in his life and Taylor-Johnson has already picked up on that reading through the 50 years of the character's history. Said the actor, "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.”
That protective nature in regard to his sister fuels what the Kick-Ass 2 star says is the greatest appeal of the character, his "real anger frustration," but he is also interested in the fact that Quicksilver is burning an endless amount of energy due to his super-speed powers. Said Taylor-Johnson,
"I always thought it'd be quite funny if you saw him eating loads and people asked him why and he'd explain it's because he's burning so much energy all the time. Or ideas that you'd see him come back round - but he's already nipped out and got his lunch somewhere else. He just got bored - his attention span is so fucking quick."
According to the actor, the current sticking point in negotiations for the part is the physicality of the character. Evidently there is some concern that he won't look right with white hair or that his accent won't work. Basically, they are trying to prevent the character from seeming "forced." But Taylor-Johnson is ready to go as far as necessary to be ready for the role. "When people haven't been shown your range like that, then they're a bit more skeptical - they may not want you to push the boundaries in that way," he said. "But that's what I'm interested in as an actor…"
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently scheduled for release on May 1, 2015, and production is likely to start early next year. Presumably the next couple of months will be filled with casting news and we will eventually find out who will be playing both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. While we wait, do you think that Aaron Taylor-Johnson would be a good fit for the speedy superhero? Answer our poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments section.
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