Disney Korea representatives officially confirmed that Korean actress Kim Soo Hyun has joined the cast of The Avengers: Age of Ultron in a supporting role.
Korean actress Kim Soo Hyun (Claudia Kim) confirmed her casting in The Avengers: Age of Ultron on Twitter earlier this week. Translated by ComicBookMovie, the Twitter announcement reads, "After a long wait, I'm happy to be back with great news. I have a lot to do ahead of me, but for now, the words 'Welcome to the Marvel Universe' are amazing and kind of overwhelming. I was a fan of Marvel Comics, and if you really like something, looks like fate can make it happen." An official statement made to Korean news outlet OSEN (and translated by DramaFever) confirmed the casting.
Kim Soo Hyun's role in the film has yet to be announced. Film officials told OSEN, "It would be a spoiler, so we can't tell you which character Kim Soo Hyun will play. Marvel always prohibits telling too much about the story." Rumors prior to the official announcement speculated that Kim Soo Hyun would be playing a doctor with ties to Ultron and Tony Stark. "Her character is already decided and the scene is already written so we cast Kim Soo Hyun, but we can't let you know about her character," say the film officials. "We only can say that her character is a substantial supporting role."
Kim Soo Hyun's previous acting work includes several Korean television dramas, but The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be her first film. Marvel's The Avengers performed extremely well worldwide, with the foreign box office take outdoing domestic box office sales. The broad popularity of the film may have encouraged Marvel and Disney to cast a wider net when auditioning for Avengers 2, in order to further the film's international appeal. Shooting for Kim Soo Hyun's scenes will begin in Korea in April, and she will join other cast members to shoot several scenes worldwide. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson, are all set to reprise their roles from The Avengers. Others joining the cast include Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olson as the Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, and James Spader as Ultron himself. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to premiere May 1, 2015.