The Hollywood Reporter revealed in a new article that Marvel Studios is currently in talks with actors Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Olsen to join two of their upcoming projects, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. According to their sources, Marvel is currently in very early talks with Cooper to voice the CGI character of Rocket Raccoon in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy while Elizabeth Olson, who is reportedly much further along in talks with the studio, is currently being looked at for the role of Scarlett Witch.
While Marvel has yet to make an official comment, THR has reported that “Sources familiar with the deals say that Olsen’s dealmaking is further along than Cooper’s, which is just beginning,” while “multiple sources” confirm that she’s nearing a deal to play the iconic Marvel character in Joss Whedon’s follow-up to The Avengers.
Billed as one of Marvel’s top female characters, Scarlett Witch was originally a villain in the Marvel Universe, being the daughter of Erik Lehnsherr (aka, Magneto). The character eventually shuns her evil past and takes up a position on the Avengers team where she later goes on to form romantic liaisons with the Vision, an android created by Ultron – the main villain set to be introduced in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Scarlett Witch also has a brother known as Quicksilver who is also expected to make an appearance in the upcoming sequel.
Interestingly enough, due to a rights deal between Marvel and the film studios, Magneto can only appear in Fox’s X-Men movies. However, both 20th Century Fox and Marvel/Disney will be using the character of Quicksilver in The Avengers sequel as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past, which recently wrapped up filming in Montreal.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoë Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio Del Toro, Glen Close, Karen Gillan, Lee Pace and Michael Rooker and is expected to arrive in theaters on August 1, 2014.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will begin production in March 2014 and is expected to arrive in theaters on May 1, 2015.