Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the star of the Kick-Ass movies, will don a new superhero costume to play Quicksilver in the Avengers sequel, subtitled Age of Ultron.

Taylor-Johnson was rumored to be close to sealing the deal to play Quicksilver in the Marvel franchise earlier this month, when Elizabeth Olsen was confirmed in the role of Scarlet Witch. In the comics, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are twins. Taylor-Johnson had delayed signing onto the film until he could establish his commitments to promoting Godzilla, which also stars Olsen.

The 23-year-old actor will join the established cast of the first Avengers movie, which featured Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury).

In addition to Kick-Ass, Taylor Johnson starred in 2012’s Anna Karenina as Vronsky, Albert Nobbs and as the lead in John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy, on the set of which he met his wife, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, 46. Sam Taylor-Johnson, incidentally, will helm the Fifty Shades of Grey movie starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

– Chelsea Regan

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