Whedon Talks ‘Avengers 2’, Aronofsky Eyes ‘Moonfall’ and ‘Daredevil’ & ‘Star Wars’ Casting


Aaron Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen in Avengers: Age of Ultron
Aaron Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen in Avengers: Age of Ultron
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Joss Whedon spoke about Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is still filming in London, firstly discussing Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s characters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, saying:

“They’re on Team Ultron, which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they’re dealing with powers that they’re not used to… With the [first] Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody, and now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot [Ultron] who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it’s a darker, weirder, tougher world that they’re living in.”

Taylor-Johnson chimed in adding, “There’s a lot of clashing. He’s quick tempered. He gets agitated. He’s impatient. But he’s super protective… They’re very yin-and-yang in that twin sense. In his power, he’s physical and she’s psychological. My character is very much on the frontline, but he can be quite emotional. You see this beautiful tenderness between them.”

In addition to that, Whedon discussed Paul Bettany not only providing the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. but now set to play an actual character in The Vision, though he didn’t say much. As for the fact Bettany will now clearly be playing two characters Whedon said, “It’s not coincidence, and I’m not going to tell you any more about The Vision.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015. [EW]

Christina ChongChristina Chong (“24: Live Another Day”) has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII in an unspecified role. I bet you’re really looking forward to the film now. [Latino Review]

Deborah Ann Woll (“True Blood”) will play Karen Page, love interest to Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) in Marvel and Netflix’s “Daredevil” series. [THR]

Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) reveals plans to begin filming on the video game adaptation of Uncharted early 2015 saying, “I think [we’ll start filming] very early next year. That’s the plan. That’s like tomorrow, essentially, because the prep is so complicated for the movie.” No one yet has been cast in the lead role as Nathan Drake, though Gordon says he wants it “to be a great actor”. I guess that’s better than hoping for a shitty actor. [Zap2It]

Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) is in negotiations to join Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, Kate Lyn Sheil and Aurora Perrineau in Equals for director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy). The futuristic love story “Equals” which begins filming next month in Japan and Singapore. Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, Kate Lyn Sheil and Aurora Perrineau also star.

The film, written by Nathan Parker (Moon) is set in a future society where emotions have been eradicated and the new breed of humans is called Equals. When “Switched-On Syndrome” infects Silas (Hoult), he becomes an outcast. Nia (Stewart) suffers from the same condition, but is able to hide her emotions. The only way for them to ensure their survival is to escape. Weaver would play Bess, a powerful woman trained as a doctor. She meets Silas in a support group and ultimately helps both Silas and Nia. [Deadline]

Darren Aronofsky along with “several top filmmakers” is said to be interested in directing Moonfall a supposedly Fargo-esque thriller set on the moon said to “feature a unique angle rather than the typical point of entry to a sci-fi story set in outer space.” David Weil penned the script. [The Wrap]

Kevin Smith‘s new horror film Tusk is set to hit theaters on September 19 while Kevin Greutert‘s horror Jessabelle has moved from August 29 to November 7.

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