Aaron Taylor-Johnson is no stranger to the comic book movie game. Next year, he will star in Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off Kraven, and he also was a part of the MCU early on, playing Pietro Maximoff (aka Quicksilver) in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Taylor-Johnson first burst onto the scene in a superhero costume by playing the titular hero in 2010’s Kick-Ass. Now, years later, it is unknown if the actor would ever return to the MCU or take on any other comic book roles until he was revealed to be playing Kraven the Hunter. But it turns out that if Deadpool 2 director David Leitch had his way, Taylor-Johnson could have had yet another super-powered role.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Turned Down Deadpool
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson revealed that he declined a role in 2018’s Deadpool 2.
Talking with THR about his work on Bullet Train, the actor said that before being cast in the latest Brad Pitt action-comedy, he knew he had an in with director David Leitch as Leitch had “asked [him] to be in Deadpool 2 ages ago,” but did not end up taking on a role in the film.
It is interesting to note that Taylor-Johnson actually turned down another comic book role after finding varying degrees of success in the genre prior to that. Maybe at the time, the actor was still coming hot off of Age of Ultron in 2015 and felt he did not want to get pigeonholed by Hollywood as the “superhero guy”.
That is not to say the Quicksilver actor did not enjoy his time in the comic book realm. If he didn’t, then why would he be returning with next year’s Kraven?
But one has to ask what role did Aaron Taylor-Johnson turn down in Deadpool 2? The first name that comes to mind is Cable, which was eventually portrayed by Thanos actor Josh Brolin, but that feels like a big enough part that seems like it would be irresistible for someone like Taylor-Johnson.
Perhaps he was meant to be a member of the X-Force (akin to Brad Pitt), many of whom died very quick and unfortunate deaths shortly after being introduced. If this was the case, then one can see why the actor would turn down such a role. Aaron Taylor-Johnson can be seen in Kraven when it hits theaters on January 13, 2023.