Like casting rumors through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. The union members of the rumor mill have been working overtime to break the latest scoops on who Marvel is eyeing for coveted roles like Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, and, finally, they have hit paydirt. Multiple sources are confirming that the House of Ideas is deep in negotiations with some big name actors to portray their movie star metahumans.
Ever since the first footage of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the Internet has whipped itself into a frenzy trying to figure out who would be playing its two CGI superheroes, Groot the living tree and the Guardian of the Keystone Quadrant himself, Rocket Raccoon. Vin Diesel has been heavily rumored for the part of Groot and even posted an image to his Facebook page of the wooden warrior, but naught has been confirmed yet. Meanwhile, the self-proclaimed “big game hunter of scoops,” El Mayimbe of Latino Review, bagged himself an African elephant by breaking the news that Bradley Cooper is in negotiations to voice the cantankerous critter. While Latino Review has been blasted by some for rumormongering in the past, the reports have been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter and several other outlets, so in the words of Kenneth the Page, “Haters to the left.” Although I’d always pictured someone like Kurt Russell in my head, this seems like solid casting to round out what’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting, dynamic casts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
By now, it’s no secret that the magic-wielding, tiara-clad daugher of Magneto, Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. the Scarlet Witch, will be joining the team alongside her speedster brother Quicksilver in Joss Whedon’s Avengers 2. Although Whedon confirmed in an interview with us that she won’t be wearing her ornate headpiece, we’ve all been left wondering who would take up her maroon mantle in the follow-up film. Although this is less of a sure thing than Cooper’s casting, Bleeding Cool was first to report that Elizabeth Olsen is being heavily considered for the role of Scarlet Witch after Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) passed on the project. Olsen, who has shown considerable acting chops in Martha Marcy May Marlene and Liberal Arts, would evidently need to adopt a European accent for the role of Ms. Maximoff. Personally, I’m a fan of Olsen’s work and I think she can definitely rise to the challenge, but it will be formidable considering how stacked the rest of the cast is with proven crowd pleasers. Worst case scenario, she can go full on House of M and erase all traces of bad press, right?
So, there you have it, film fiends. What do you think of these potential casting picks? Do you agree? If not, who would you rather see? Let us know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter.