Exclusive: Elizabeth Olsen Talks to Us About Her Preparations for Playing Scarlet Witch
by Rebecca Pahle | 2:45 pm, November 12th, 2013
Last month we wrote that Elizabeth Olsen would definitely be playing Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron because… well, because Samuel L. Jackson said she was, and he’d know, because he’s in the movie too.
Well now you can consider the rumor super-confirmed, because Olsen’s opened up for the first time about playing the mutant-but-not-called-a-mutant-because-copyright. We even had the chance to ask her about it at the press junket for Spike Lee‘s Oldboy. See what she had to say behind the jump.
It’s still relatively early days for the Avengers sequel—when Jackson broke the news about Scarlet Witch he said he hadn’t even seen the script yet—but Olsen has her preparations well in hand. We asked her about how her approach to her material differs when there’s a character without a lot of background, like who she plays in Oldboy, vs a character like Scarlet Witch where there’s a ton of established canon to build a performance off of:
“I love having source material. I feel like some people.. don’t always feel like they need to have that source material if the story’s already there, but I like it. I’m having a field day right now reading comics. And not even just the comics, but just a whole condensed history of every single thing that ever happens in the comics… And so it’s fun, it’s just fun.”
That’s quite the task, but one she seems excited to take on. She also spoke to MTV about Joss Whedon, saying:
“He’s very smart. He’s too smart. He might be too smart. Some people are too smart for their own good, but he’s amazing.”
All these things people are saying about Whedon are building him up as some sort of script-saving, supervillain ninja.
What do you think about Olsen? I know some of our commenters were concerned when Olsen’s casting as Scarlet Witch was announced, while others liked the news. Either way, it’s 100% confirmed now. No takebacks.