Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been the frontrunner for Quicksilver in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron for some time. Though still not officially signed on, the actor has spoken at length about the role to several outlets and in his latest interview with Total Film, he spoke about his attraction to the role.
“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.”
Johnson spoke about the character’s relationship with Scarlet Witch as well: “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.”
He also spoke about small character traits he’s already come up with for the character in the film: “He has real anger frustration – I like that. 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 quick.”
Johnson reportedly says he wants to approach the character in an “out there” performance not unlike his Kick-Ass co-stars Jim Carrey and Nicolas Cage.
“That’s what we’re in talks about really, right now – how I could become that character and not feel forced. I might not look right with white hair, and the accent may be wrong… it just doesn’t work like that.”
Signs are certainly pointing toward his casting being imminent, check back for confirmation in the future. Avengers: Age of Ultron will open in theaters on May 1, 2015.
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