Press junkets are scoop gold if you look carefully enough. All you need is one novice actor who doesn’t know enough not to spill the beans or one experienced veteran who has been around long enough that they don’t care about such rules and you can have a long standing rumor confirmed.
Back in August, we relayed a rumor from Bleeding Cool that Elizabeth Olsen had replaced Saoirse Ronan in Joss Whedon’s heart and mind as the lead candidate for Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It appears another cast member has officially confirmed that rumor.
Samuel L. Jackson was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal in regards to his…uh…cameo in a certain ABC television show. Talk naturally turned to the Avengers sequel, and this is what he had to say:
“I don’t think we begin shooting before March of next year,” Jackson said of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the next film to begin shooting in the Marvel universe. ”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. I haven’t seen a script.”
A lot of people are using this quote to say that Jackson is confirming that Olsen has been cast AND is definitely playing the Scarlet Witch. And really, he’s not. The bracketed parts of the quotes were added by the interviewer for clarity. Take those away, and all Sam is copping too is that Olsen has been added to the cast.
But, come on, who else could she be playing? She has already been rumored to be playing the Scarlet Witch, no other female parts have been announced, so she’s got to be playing the Scarlet Witch, right?
I guess we’ll find out for sure before March of next year.