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It seems as though this is a big day for Marvel Studios casting stories. Not only have we learned that Bradley Cooper is in talks to voice Rocket Raccoon in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, now it's being confirmed that Elizabeth Olsen is in negotiations to play Scarlet Witch in Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Rumors about Olsen's potential involvement in the highly anticipated blockbuster broke out earlier this week thanks to a source over at Bleeding Cool, but in their write-up about Cooper's potential new role The Hollywood Reporter backed the story with anonymous sources of their own. While a deal isn't in place just yet, the trade notes that "Olsen's dealmaking is further along than Cooper's," meaning that we could hear confirmation of the casting in the coming weeks.We first learned that Scarlet Witch and her superpowered brother Quicksilver would be in the Avengers sequel back in May when Whedon teased us with promises of a "brother-sister act," but the filmmaker and Marvel Studios have kept relatively quiet about it since. Earlier rumors suggested that they were looking at Saorise Ronan for the part, but it's been reported since that the young Oscar nominee turned down the opportunity - which in turn opened the door for Olsen.
Making this developing story even more interesting are the rumors surrounding the casting of Quicksilver. Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has confirmed that he has had discussions about playing the speedy superhero, and the actor already has experience working with Olsen, as the two collaborated on the upcoming Godzilla reboot from director Gareth Edwards. Given the incredibly close bond between Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver from the comics, Marvel needs to find a pair of actors with great chemistry, and this could be a perfect recipe.
Olsen is the younger sister of famous twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and while she's only been acting for a couple years she has already managed to earn quite a lot of acclaim. At the 2011 Sundance Film Festival she blew audiences away starring in both the cult drama Martha Marcy May Marlene and the one-take horror film Silent House, and has since gone on to star in movies like Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts and Rodrigo Cortes' Red Lights. She will soon be seen starring alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster and more in the indie Kill Your Darlings and also has Spike Lee's Oldboy and the Neal Bell adaptation Therese confirmed to be released later this year.
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