Marvel Studios is in talks with Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Olsen to join the casts of two of its movies, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter.
Marvel is in early talks with Cooper for the actor to voice Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, its sci-fi adventure movie. And the company is in negotiations with Olsen to play the Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: The Age of Ultron, the sequel to the billion-dollar-grossing 2012 movie, multiple sources tell Heat Vision.
Sources familiar with the deals say that Olsen’s dealmaking is further along than Cooper’s, which is just beginning. Bleeding Cool first reported Olsen’s negotiations. Latino Review first reported Cooper’s offer.
Marvel had no comment.
Indie darling Olsen, meanwhile, would be one of the few new additions to the Avengers sequel, playing one of Marvel’s top female characters. The Scarlet Witch, who is usually adorned with a cape and pointy headgear, has the power to affect certain outcomes by altering probabilities. Her powers have also sometimes included the ability to reshape reality. (On the costume front, director Joss Whedon has already said in interviews that the red tights won’t be segueing from page to screen.)
The character’s backstory is interesting, as she and her brother, the mutant speedster known as Quicksilver, began publishing life as villains and are the offspring of iconic villain Magneto. The two eventually became integral part of the Avengers, with the Witch marrying an android created by Ultron known as The Vision.
Olsen, repped by Gersh, has up until now been known for her indie work such as Martha Marcy May Marlene. She has slowly transitioned into tentpole fare and recently wrapped shooting on Legendary’s upcoming Godzilla movie.
Saoirse Ronan is out, and Elizabeth Olsen may be in for the much talked-about Scarlet Witch role in Joss Whedonâ€™s Marvel sequel â€śThe Avengers: Age of Ultronâ€ť, according to Bleeding Cool. Olsen is apparently on Whedonâ€™s radar after Ronan reportedly turned it down at some point, despite expressing interest earlier.
Interestingly, Olsenâ€™s â€śGodzillaâ€ť reboot co-star Aaron Johnson is up for the role of Scarlet Witchâ€™s twin brother Quicksilver, and his deal is apparently still ongoing. If both of them finalize things, they will join an already established billion dollar franchise and join Marvel and Hollywood heavy-hitters like Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in the sequel that will start filming in early 2014 for a May 1, 2015 release. Olsen will reportedly adopt a European accent for the role that is described as scene-stealing.
In another interesting twist, Whedon and â€śThe Avengersâ€ť arenâ€™t the only ones targeting the hot rising star for their superhero franchise. Olsenâ€™s name has apparently also been brought up a lot in regards to the Sue Storm/Invisible Woman role in Josh Trankâ€™s â€śFantastic Fourâ€ť reboot. Looks like Fox may already be too late if sheâ€™s negotiating for the rival studioâ€™s project. Sure things on Olsenâ€™s upcoming slate include â€śGodzillaâ€ť and Spike Leeâ€™s â€śOldboyâ€ť remake, coming out in November. Sheâ€™s a very respected and in demand young actress after impressing in her debut, Sundance hit â€śMartha Marcy May Marleneâ€ť in 2011.
Saturday September 7 – Princess of Wales – 3:30 PM
Monday September 9 – Scotiabank 3 -4:30 PM
Friday September 13 – Scotiabank 1 – 8:00 PM
Kill Your Darlings
Tuesday September 10 – Roy Thomson Hall – 6:30 PM
Wednesday September 11 -Visa Screening Room (Elgin) – 2:30 PM
[x013] Scans > September 2013: Dazed & Confused
As if the 2013 lineup for the Toronto International Film Festival could not get any more stacked and outstanding, here comes another batch of titles that are sure to send the schedules of those attending into what will likely be a ridiculous slate of back-to-back-to-back-to-back movie days. But who’s complaining?
So, what can folks look forward to now? Well, let’s go by filmmaker first with Kevin Macdonald (“How I Live Now”), Guillaume Canet (“Blood Ties”), John Turturro (“Fading Gigolo”), Johnnie To (“Blind Detective”), James Franco (“Child Of God”), Hayao Miyazaki (“The Wind Rises”), Fred Schepisi (“Words And Pictures”), Patrice Leconte (“A Promise”) and Sean Durkin (“Southcliffe”) all coming to Toronto. Some are world premieres, some are making North American bows but all are worth highlighting.
Others to keep an eye out for? The period drama “Therese” starring Elizabeth Olsen, the Japanese remake of “Unforgiven” starring Ken Watanabe, Alex Gibney’s latest doc “The Armstrong Lie” and more.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5-15. Here’s the latest additions.