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Aaron Taylor-Johnson to Play Marvel’s ‘Kraven the Hunter’ for Sony Pictures


Written by Joshua on May 27 2021

Sony has found its greatest hunter.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson will headline “Kraven the Hunter,” further expanding Sony Pictures’ efforts to capitalize on its trove of Marvel comics characters with connections to Spider-Man. J.C. Chandor (“Triple Frontier”) is set to direct, from a script by Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Richard Wenk. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing.

Kraven was introduced in 1964 as a Spider-Man villain. Born Sergei Kravinoff, he considers himself to be the world’s greatest hunter, a moniker he earns at first through his prowess at tracking and killing big game, often with his bare hands. But eventually, his drive to maintain his grip on his title leads him to ingest a serum that gives him super-strength and stamina, and slows down is aging considerably. He’s known for wearing a jacket seemingly made from a lion’s head and mane, and nothing much underneath.

This is the third comic-book adaptation for Taylor-Johnson, after headlining 2010’s “Kick-Ass” for Lionsgate and co-starring as Quicksilver in 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” for Marvel Studios. He most recently appeared in a supporting role in Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet”; his performance in the recently wrapped production of David Leitch’s “Bullet Train” opposite Brad Pitt so impressed Sony execs that they signed the actor for multiple films as Kraven.

Much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony is currently building out its own conclave of Spidey-related Marvel features, and Taylor-Johnson’s deal suggests he could wind up in other films outside the “Kraven” franchise. Along with Spider-Man, the character has also tussled with Venom, and he’s a founding member of the supervillain group the Sinister Six — a property Sony tried to get into theaters once before on the heels of 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

“Kraven the Hunter” is set for release on Jan. 13, 2023.

Taylor-Johnson is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

Marvel Considered Bringing Back Aaron Taylor-Johnson for WandaVision


Written by Joshua on February 27 2021

While Evan Peters’ casting as Quicksilver in WandaVision was an early decision according to President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, there was some initial discussion on whether to cast his Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson in that role.

According to Decider, Feige recently did a 25-minute Q&A with critics following an early preview of episodes for Marvel’s next Disney+ show The Falcon and the Winter Solder. Among those questions was one on whether there was any debate about using Peters or Taylor-Johnson as Pietro, to which Feige noted, “There are discussions on everything” and explained how Marvel Studios “blue sky” all of its projects. “But I believe we ended up going with what you saw relatively early on in the development process,” he finished.

Both Evan Peters and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who coincidentally starred together in 2010’s Kick-Ass, played alternate variations of Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in the 20th Century Fox X-Men and MCU timelines due to legal issues over Pietro and his sister Wanda being both mutants and occasional Avengers. Peters’ version, named “Peter” Maximoff, debuted in 2014’s critically acclaimed X-Men: Days of Future Past and later reprised his role in the new prequel X-Men timeline for X-Men: Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix.

Taylor-Johnson also appeared that year as “Pietro” in Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s mid-credit scene alongside Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda, with Avengers: Age of Ultron revealing them to be Sokovian natives experimented on by Hydra before initially teaming up with Ultron (James Spader) to defeat the Avengers. Unlike his Fox counterpart, however, Pietro died in Age of Ultron after sacrificing himself to protect Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), leaving Wanda to take revenge on Ultron and later join the Avengers.

The end of WandaVision’s fifth episode, however, mysteriously revived Pietro in Wanda’s Westview sitcom world using Evan Peters’ form. Most recently, it was revealed at the end of the episode “Breaking the Fourth Wall” that his inclusion was the manipulations of Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha Harkness, who had orchestrated a number of events behind the scenes for unknown but likely malevolent purposes. Having been absent for most of episode, Pietro reappeared to confront Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) in the show’s first mid-credit scene just as she was about to enter Agatha’s lair.

Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Kathryn Hahn as Agnes. New episodes air Fridays on Disney+.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Joins Brad Pitt In Sony’s Action Pic ‘Bullet Train’


Written by Joshua on October 24 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Taylor-Johnson is set to join the ensemble of the Sony action-thriller Bullet Train starring Brad Pitt. Joey King and Andrew Koji are also on board.

Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch will direct and also supervise the script, which will be written by Zak Olkewicz.

The film is based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by best-selling author Kotaro Isaka. Ryosuke Saegusa and Yuma Terada of CTB Inc., who represent Isaka and the IP, are executive producers on the project.

Kelly McCormick will produce Bullet Train through 87North, along with Antoine Fuqua. Kat Samick is exec producing and Brittany Morrissey is the executive overseeing the project for Sony Pictures.

Plot details are vague though Taylor-Johnson is expected to play one of the four assassins in the film along with Pitt and King.

Best known for starring roles in Kick-Ass and Godzilla, Taylor-Johnson has become one of the busier leading men in the industry and has a couple big projects ahead of him. He currently has the Christopher Nolan thriller Tenet opposite John David Washington with the Kingsman prequel The King’s Man.

His other recent credits include A Million Little Pieces, David McKenzie’s Outlaw King, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, which he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for a BAFTA Award, Avengers: Age Of Ultron

He is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and legal Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Steve Pemberton Will Star in West End Staging of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman


Written by Joshua on February 29 2020

Initial casting has been announced for the London production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, which begins a 12-week engagement July 24 at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Opening is scheduled for August 5.

Golden Globe winner Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals, Nowhere Boy, The Wall) and BAFTA winner Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville) will star with additional casting to be announced. Matthew Dunster directs the first-ever West End production of McDonagh’s Olivier-winning The Pillowman, which was seen at the National Theatre in 2003.

In a statement McDonagh said, “The Pillowman is a play that’s always been very close to my heart, in terms of its combination of the darkest of dark comedy with its exploration of the nature of story-telling itself. It’s a play that I haven’t wanted to have staged in London until I could find the perfect director and the ideal cast for it, and having worked with Matthew previously on Hangmen, and been an admirer of Steve and Aaron’s work for many years, I feel it’s the perfect time to find out what a whole new generation makes of this peculiar tale.”

In the play, a writer in a totalitarian state is questioned by the authorities about a spate of murders that bear similarities to his short stories. Is this life imitating art or something more sinister?

Empire Street Productions presents The Pillowman and will offer a Pay What You Can ticket pricing throughout the whole run. Producer James Bierman said, ”I really hope that with this play, this cast, and for this production, we can welcome both established and new playgoers into the West End, and that this pricing accessibility will give those audiences the thrill of live theatre at its very best.”

Oscar-winning writer McDonagh’s Hangmen begins previews on Broadway February 28 at the Golden Theatre.

Exclusive: Quicksilver Won’t Return Anytime Soon Says Aaron Taylor-Johnson


Written by Joshua on November 29 2019

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the actor who portrayed Quicksilver in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has confirmed that the character will not reappear anytime soon. Although Quicksilver made his first appearance in the MCU in a mid-credits scene for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, moviegoers got to know him better in Avengers: Age of Ultron as Pietro Maximoff, the twin brother of Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch.

The orphaned Maximoff twins hated Tony Stark and the Avengers due to an experience they had in their early childhood. Eventually, HYDRA recruited Pietro and Wanda to become subjects in an experiment that gave them their superpowers. While Wanda developed great mental powers, Pietro gained the ability of superhuman speed. However, the two eventually switched sides to help the Avengers defeat Ultron with Pietro sacrificing his life to protect Hawkeye and a child. But in the MCU, characters often return from the dead, such as Loki, so it’s possible that Quicksilver could return, too.

If Quicksilver does return to the MCU, though, it won’t happen anytime soon. In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Taylor-Johnson denies any plans for his return to the MCU. This is despite several upcoming Disney+ projects that could make it happen, including WandaVision and What If…? Although Taylor-Johnson didn’t rule out the possibility of Quicksilver returning, he was adamant that Marvel has not approached him about it, so fans shouldn’t get their hopes up. He said:

“I think we’re both open to possibilities, like the Marvel Universe like it has been over the years, but obviously yes, I’m aware of the Disney+ platform and all of the shows that are going and I’m still in touch with a lot of the people. I mean, I think it’s safe to say that no, I’m not gonna… there will be no appearance of me coming out or Quicksilver appearing anytime soon.”

Instead, Taylor-Johnson is busy with other projects, including the upcoming A Million Little Pieces. Taylor-Johnson not only stars in the film but also co-wrote the script. A Million Little Pieces, based on James Frey’s controversial memoir about a recovering alcohol and drug addict, is directed by the actor’s wife, Sam Taylor-Johnson. It releases on Dec. 6.

Taylor-Johnson has previously said he would be interested in reprising his role as Quicksilver if Marvel asked him to return. There’s certainly a demand for the character, many fans were disappointed with how little screen time he got in the MCU. At least Evan Peters got more screen time in the Quicksilver role as part of the X-Men franchise. Disney now owns the film rights to the X-Men, though, so that universe will likely get a reboot. That could potentially lead to an opportunity for Taylor-Johnson to return as Quicksilver, but it remains to be seen. That still means one thing is for sure: Quicksilver’s return to the MCU won’t happen anytime soon.

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