ELIZABETH OLSEN (Elle Brody) follows "Godzilla" with a
starring role in Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," in which she joins the
team as the Scarlett Witch. The action adventure is slated for release on May 1,
This year, Olsen co-starred with Jessica Lange and Oscar Issac in the
thriller "In Secret." The film is set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris and
centers on Therese Raquin, a beautiful, sexually repressed young woman, who is
trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille, by her
domineering aunt, Madame Raquin. The film was released in limited theaters on
February 21, 2014. "In Secret" also premiered at the Toronto International Film
Festival on September 7, 2013.
In 2013, Olsen appeared in three very diverse independent film projects. She
co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson and James Brolin in Spike Lee's thriller "Old
Boy," which was released in theaters on November 27, 2013. Olsen also starred in
two films that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival: "Kill Your
Darlings," a biographical drama set in the early days of Beat Generation legends
Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William
Burroughs (Ben Foster); and "Very Good Girls," with Dakota Fanning.
Olsen was also seen in two films that premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film
Festival: "Liberal Arts," written and directed by Josh Radnor, who also starred
with Olsen, Richard Jenkins and Allison Janney in the film; and the thriller
"Red Lights," with Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver.
Olsen's breakout came in the title role of the acclaimed indie feature
"Martha Marcy May Marlene," which was an Un Certain Regard selection at the 2011
Cannes Film Festival. Her performance as a young woman who escapes from an
abusive cult brought her Independent Spirit Award and Critics' Choice Award
nominations for Best Actress. She was also named Best Actress by a number of
critics' organizations, in addition to winning Breakthrough Awards from the
Chicago Film Critics and several others. Also in 2011, she starred in the
independent film "Silent House," a re-imagining of the Uruguayan psychological
horror thriller "La Casa Muda."
A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Olsen also had formal training
at the Atlantic Acting School and the Moscow Art Theatre School. While attending
NYU, she understudied both in the off-Broadway play "Dust" and the Broadway play
"Impressionism." Last fall, Olsen kicked off the Classic Stage Company's
2013-2014 season, starring as Juliet in their critically acclaimed off-Broadway
presentation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."
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