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Exclusive: Saoirse Ronan Talks To Us About Joss Whedon And Scarlet Witch


Considering the secrecy usually surrounding our most anticipated blockbusters, we were happily surprised when director Joss Whedon flat-out admitted Marvel characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would be appearing in the sequel to The Avengers. But there followed a rumor about Irish actress Saoirse Ronan being Whedon’s “prototype” for Scarlet Witch so when we had the opportunity to speak with the actress recently, we just had to ask – would she do it? 

We spoke with Ronan about her upcoming film Violet & Daisy (You’re coming to our special screening, right?) where she stars alongside Alexis Bledel as a teenage assassin. We’ll be posting the full interview soon but we needed to get this burning question answered immediately.

The Mary Sue: You worked with Eric Bana in Hanna and he played the Hulk for Marvel. There was a rumor going around you’re Joss Whedon’s “prototype” for the character Scarlet Witch in The Avengers sequel. Did you hear anything about that and second, would you be interested in doing a superhero film ever?

Ronan: I have heard about it and yes, I would. Yeah, of course I would. I love Joss and I love those films, and I love his handle on them and how he portrayed these kinds of superheroes. I think it’s very different from what anyone else has done. So yeah, I’d love to be in it.”

The Mary Sue: Awesome, I hope it happens.

Ronan: So do I!

So, readers, what do you think? Ronan is no stranger to action roles, could you see her playing Scarlet Witch? Check her out next in Violet & Daisy and Byzantium, opposite Gemma Arterton.

(image by Mike Flokis, illustration by W. Scott Forbes)

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  • http://twitter.com/tishalulle1 Marissa Nolan-Layman

    I think she is awesome and would be fantastic!

  • http://nakedhobo.com/blog Glenn Buettner

    While she is a bit younger than I would expect for Scarlet Witch, I believe she is talented enough to pull it off.

  • http://twitter.com/kayforaday Kay

    I have literally never seen her in anything, so I have no opinion on her as an actress. All I know is that if she is cast as Wanda she needs to hairstyle it up because I want Wanda to have incredible brunette curls, the end.

  • LizbethAnne

    It looks like Disqus ate my comment, so sorry if this is an accidental double post!

    I think Saoirse is a great actress, but she’s not the right actress for Wanda. I think that having a blonde, blue-eyed Irish actress play a woman of Roma descent is unnecessary (especially considering that every woman with a major role in all the Avengers-based movies has been white–Betty, Pepper, Christine Everheart, Darcy, Jane, Sif, Frigga, Peggy, Maria, and Natasha). I saw a fancast with Noomi Rapace as Wanda, and I really thought that was more appropriate.

    Not to mention that she seems pretty young for Wanda. It all depends on what story/origin Joss is giving them, of course, but Wanda seems more adult/mature than Saoirse to me.

  • CMFTW

    If they are going for a younger Scarlet Witch. I think she would be perfect for the part! :)

  • Anonymous

    She’s a great actress and I would love to see her involved with The Avengers in some way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=52903659 Charlotte Van Zee

    Noomi yeeessssss.

  • Ruth O’Brien

    She’s a great actress, but nothing like I’d imagine Wanda would be. Doesn’t sit right for me.

  • Paul Gorman

    You don’t know what you’re missing. Oscar nominated Ronan is easily the best actress of her generation.

  • http://twitter.com/kayforaday Kay

    I’m not an avid movie-watcher and I’m more of a fantasy/scifi person and I will 9 times out of 10 avoid any movie that looks like a heavy movie, so I am super out of touch with most of humanity, I know!

    If you give me specific titles to check out I will look into it?

  • http://twitter.com/Totz_the_Plaid Totz_the_Plaid

    She could pull it off if Joss wants a younger Wanda and Pietro, but I’d really prefer people who better fit the characters’ Roma background.

    As I said though, she could pull it off, she’s definitely skilled enough for the role.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Hanna-Which I saw AND IT IS AWSUM!!! It’s a modern fairy tale, evil stepmother, nasty pedo “wolves”.

    The Lovely Bones-I haven’t seen, as content matter is bothersome(it’s about the spirit of a raped and murdered girl following her family as she and they come to grips with her death), but I’ve heard she is incredible in it.

  • http://twitter.com/MidwestPride MidwestPride

    Heck no. Talented actress but she’s only considered because of her recent spike in name recognition. This is just lazy casting.

  • Anonymous

    She is not a bad actress, but I absolutely can’t see her as Wanda. Hell, I might even not watch the movie just so my view of the character isn’t affected by whatever they do to her in Avengers 2, if things look bleak along the way (yes, that’s the level of my obsession).

    I can only hope they stay true to the character, but if we’re to trust rumors things don’t look promising…

  • Betty Windsor

    To be fair Ronan hasn’t been in too many good films. It’s just that her face stands out in them. She’s got crazy stare powers.

  • Anonymous

    I was with you until you said Noomi Rapace. Not that I don’l like her, but she doesn’t fit either.

    Tbh, I’d rather they bring completely unknown but talented people to play the twins, preferably eastern european.

  • Anonymous

    Seconding Hanna. She’s also pretty good in Atonement. Both are fairly grim movies.

    City of Ember and The Host are sci-fi, but they’re a bit… awful. And The Lovely Bones is such a nauseating little movie that I can’t honestly recommend it to anyone, despite her performance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alberto-Cox-Délano/100001109493441 Alberto Cox Délano

    YES. I’m too much of a fan to be impartial, but she deserves this. First, to bury the memories from that movie which shall not be named. Also, because she deserves it. And if we consider Scarlet Witch is of mixed ethnicity, at least according to the original story. She is just too great an actress, something a sequel really needs not to fall in the typical pitfalls.

    But please change the costume.

  • LizbethAnne

    Very true, unknown actors would be a great choice. I wonder how much of this conversation is moot now, based on today’s Day of Futute Past casting. (As in, will they go in a different direction to differentiate the series?)

  • http://twitter.com/kayforaday Kay

    Oof. Yeah, I’ve heard about that, my family was in love with the book, and I was just like “That… sounds like… a downer.”

    I will check out Hanna! That sounds like it could be interesting. Thanks for the rec!

  • http://twitter.com/kayforaday Kay

    I much appreciate your unflinching honesty!! I’ll definitely give both Hanna and Atonement a look, since those seem to be the standouts.

  • http://twitter.com/kayforaday Kay

    I will definitely keep an eye out for that! I admit I’m curious what made Joss think “Wanda” about her.

  • http://twitter.com/MidwestPride MidwestPride

    >> First, to bury the memories from that movie which shall not be named.

    The Host. There ya have it. (I thought it was decent.)

    >>Also, because she deserves it.

    That doesn’t make any sense.

    >>She is just too great an actress, something a sequel really needs not to fall in the typical pitfalls.

    Granted this will be very much an ensemble piece your boner is showing. And it’s disgusting.

  • http://twitter.com/MidwestPride MidwestPride

    Unknowns would be my preferable choice.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, can’t understand all the blowback against casting Ronan. First, she’s a great young actress with the strength and vulnerability to play the Scarlet Witch. Second, her hair can be died (and curled if they want to go in that direction) and she can wear dark contacts, so making her look like the Wanda from the comics is not an issue. Third, she’s 19 and because of her talent and maturity could easily play up to mid-20s (they were never going to cast 30-something actors for Wanda and Pietro – especially since people would complain in a few years about a 40-something playing Scarlet Witch in Avengers 4 or something). And, lastly, the Romani ethnic group is very diverse physically and geographically and Ronan can very easily play someone of Romani heritage.

    Now, while my dream casting for the role would have been Stana Katic, I think Saoirse is a great option.

  • Anonymous

    @Kay Paul is correct. She has unbelievable natural acting ability and a powerful and unique screen presence. You should watch Atonement, The Lovely Bones and Hanna for starters.

  • Lilly

    I see others have covered the hair and ethnicity issues, so I’ll just
    add that my problem with Saoirse is that she comes off as a bit “cold”.
    That’s just not Wanda, at any age.

    But don’t forget, this isn’t a
    casting (though using Saoirse as a “prototype” is just as bad imo), and
    this is still just a rumor.

    I just hope they cast someone with Eastern European (or at the very least, Mediterranean) looks.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Or the could just hire an actress that already HAS Romani heritage, since they only are typically cast as thieves and ruffians.

    It’s called whitewashing.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I’d catch her in Byzantium, which comes out in about a month. She and Gemma Arterton play a mother-and-daughter vampire duo in it, and they’re both quite good. Vampire movies nowadays tend to go either the “action hero” route or the “paranormal romance” route, but Byzantium sticks more with the “gothic monster movie” thing. I had the chance to see it at a festival and thought it was pretty good.

  • Anonymous

    Your issue seems to be more with the characterization of Romanis, not their casting. That shouldn’t be a problem here considering that Scarlet Witch isn’t a negative stereotype of the Romani people. While it would be great if an actor with Romani heritage was cast in the part, it seems no more crucial to me than casting a Brit as James Bond. While it would be a nice fit, the successful depiction of that character does not rely on the nationality of that actor. I hope you’re not assuming that there are no “white” Romanis.

  • http://twitter.com/kayforaday Kay

    Mother-and-daughter has me interested also… I’ll look into that too, thanks for the rec!

  • http://twitter.com/Tonks07 Mandy

    I really enjoy watching her act but ugh, white washing. Which other people have already pointed out. So, while I like her work I don’t think she’s right for the part.

  • Sabina

    I’m pretty sure that “being British” is a very, very crucial part of the James Bond casting decision.

  • Anonymous

    Sure, it’s something that makes people feel good (playing to nationalistic pride and all) – and as long as there are great British actors they won’t feel the need to look beyond that group – but you don’t have to be British to play James Bond, no more so that you have to be American to play a Confederate soldier in the Civil War (ala Jude Law in Cold Mountain) or a Canadian to play a Canadian mutant (Hugh Jackman as Wolverine).

  • http://twitter.com/MidwestPride MidwestPride

    Yea, I’m not sure how and why Saoirse became “prototype.”

  • Anonymous

    She’s quite the beauty. Not the actress I would have mind to play someone who is of Roma descent though.

  • http://grass-angel.livejournal.com Chloe

    She’s been excellent in all the movies of hers that I’ve seen, I loved her in Hanna and really look forward to Byzantium and Violet & Daisy, but I don’t agree with her even as a ‘prototype’ for Wanda.

    It’s nice that it’s kind of keeping the mutants and aliens casting to non-American, but I’d much rather Ronan be regarded a prospect/prototype for Lorna, Karolina Dean or even an up-and-coming-won’t-get-a-movie-for-another-five-years Carol Danvers. Even off the top of my head when this rumour started going around I had two actresses, while still white and from the British Isles, would be less pale and pretty.

    Not to mention I’d become rather attached to the idea of Indira Varma playing a mature Scarlet Witch if there wasn’t a suitable Roma actress available.