Saoirse Ronan Out, Elizabeth Olsen In As Scarlet Witch In THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON?

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Bleeding Cool’s Brendon Connelly is quoting sources that say Saoirse Ronan, Joss Whedon’s self-professed inspiration for the role of the Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, has reportedly turned down the role, causing Marvel and Whedon to supposedly look towards Elizabeth Olsen as a replacement.

This is has been in the making for quite some time, as Ronan has gone from expressing excitement about the rumor back in May to a terse denial of rumor in July. What happened? I don’t know, and have no sources to check, but I imagine something like this went down.

MARVEL CASTING: Hello, Ronan’s agent. Let’s talk about getting Saoirse in the next Avengers film.

RONAN’S AGENT: I was wondering when you’d get around to calling. Listen, we know Whedon wants Saoirse, you know Whedon wants Saoirse, and Saoirse knows Whedon wants Saoirse. So let’s make it easy on you. Pay her eleventy million dollars and she’s all yours.

MARVEL CASTING: Eleventy million? We were going to offer her a couple thousand dollars, cab money to and from the set and a stick of Juicy Fruit gum.

RONAN’S AGENT: Ha! Listen, I know you want to negotiate, but Whedon wrote to part for her! If you are not going to pay her eleventy million dollars, then she’s going to refuse the part!

MARVEL CASTING: Fair enough. Sorry we couldn’t do business together. By the way, do you have Elizabeth Olsen’s agent’s number handy?

RONAN’S AGENT: Wait…what?

MARVEL CASTING: Nevermind, we’ll look it up ourselves. Have a good day! (Hangs up)

As a tale of the tape goes, there really is not much lost in the translation. As you can see above, the actresses look remarkably alike (Especially in the eyebrows! Spooky!). Although Olsen is five years older than Ronan, she has half the amount of listings on her resume and has been working only half as long (which means her price should be far more economical). And while Ronan has an Oscar nomination under her belt, a lot of people, myself included, though Olsen should have gotten one for her work in Martha Marcy May Marlene.

On top of that, Olsen must have picked up some insight in the way a relationship between twins work from her older sisters, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

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August 20, 2013 10:26 pm

“@FilmBuffOnLine: Saoirse Ronan Out, Elizabeth Olsen In As Scarlet Witch In THE AVENGERS: AG…:” #AtlanticActorsWork

David Shock
August 20, 2013 10:16 pm

First, I didn’t know the Olsen twins had a sister. Second, there is some one in that family who can actually act?

Carol Pinchefsky
August 20, 2013 10:29 pm

Elizabeth Olsen may be more talented than the two of them combined. (See reviews of her in Martha Marcy May Marlene.) But Saoirse Ronan is out? Nooo!

Greg Korin
August 20, 2013 11:15 pm

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Carol Pinchefsky
August 20, 2013 11:19 pm

Great article, BTW.

William Gatevackes
August 20, 2013 11:23 pm


Ray Crisara
August 21, 2013 10:34 am

I don’t love either of the casting choices. Yes, they are both good actresses, but I would like someone that actually looked like the Scarlet Witch, with the lustrous curly auburn hair – like a young Julia Roberts.

William Gatevackes
August 21, 2013 11:03 am

I always thought a young Melina Kanakaredes (Providence, CSI: NY) would have made a good, George Perez era Wanda.

Elise Sanchez
August 21, 2013 11:03 am

I feel like Elizabeth Olsen, by definition, must be capable of projecting deep emotional pain. Specifically the pain and helplessness of having family members so caught up in self-aggrandizing schemes that they turn into twisted, monster shells of their former selves in front of your eyes. Then the struggle to rise above that trauma and make your own name for yourself, separate from the evil your family has done. She might be ok for Wanda.

William Gatevackes
August 21, 2013 11:08 am

Good point, Elise, but I just wish I knew how you really felt about the Olsen Twins! :)

Richard Zeszotarski
August 21, 2013 3:29 pm

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Elise Sanchez
August 21, 2013 3:29 pm

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Jeff Stolarcyk
August 21, 2013 5:36 pm

I feel like the headline should have been ‘Unsubstantiated Casting Rumor From Untrustworthy Source Rumored Disproven; Same Source Provides Alternate Dubious Rumor’

Jeff Stolarcyk
August 21, 2013 5:36 pm

But that doesn’t flow.

William Gatevackes
August 21, 2013 5:39 pm

And the would be the title of EVERY article I write, which would be confusing.