Elizabeth Olsen Is a Go in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' as Scarlet Witch

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Friday, 04 Oct 2013 09:04 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, has reportedly been cast in the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" film, one of the movie's stars revealed this week.

Samuel L. Jackson, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury in the film adaptations of the popular comic series, let slip that Olsen, 24, has been tapped to play the Scarlet Witch in the newest installment.

"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," Jackson told the Wall Street Journal Wednesday. "I haven’t seen a script."

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The speculation over Olsen's casting started back in August, a few months after "Avengers" director/screenwriter Joss Whedon revealed that he planned on including the Scarlet Witch character in "Age of Ultron."

"I've got these two characters [in the first draft of my script] — my favorite characters in the comic book, a brother-sister act," he reportdly said at the "Iron Man 3" premiere in April. "They're in the movie, that's exciting."

Olsen, who graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in March 2013, has appeared in "Silent House," "Martha Marcy May Marlene," and "Very Good Girls."

"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is the upcoming follow-up to 2012's "Marvel's The Avengers" slated to be released in May 2015. Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson are all scheduled to reprise their superhero roles in the sequel.

Filming is rumored to be starting up in March.

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