AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON (Ford Brody) is currently working on Joss Whedon’s action adventure “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in which he joins the super hero ensemble as Quicksilver. The film is slated for release in 2015.
Taylor-Johnson came to prominence in the title role of Sam Taylor-Wood’s 2009 feature “Nowhere Boy,” portraying future Beatle John Lennon during the musician’s turbulent teenage years. His riveting performance earned him a London Critics’ Circle Film Award nomination for Young British Performer of the Year, a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Actor, and the Empire Award for Best Newcomer. Screen International also named the young actor as one of its “Stars of Tomorrow.”
Taylor-Johnson followed this triumph the following year, starring in Matthew Vaughn’s hit movie “Kick-Ass,” for which he earned another Empire Award nomination, this time for Best Actor. Based on the Mark Millar comic, the film also starred Nicolas Cage, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The director and cast reteamed for the sequel, “Kick-Ass 2,” which hit theaters in the summer of 2013.
His recent film work also includes starring roles in Oliver Stone’s “Savages”; Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” with Keira Knightley and Jude Law; and Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs,” alongside Glenn Close. His earlier credits include Shana Feste’s “The Greatest,” Neil Burger’s “The Illusionist,” Richard Claus’s “The Thief Lord,” and David Dobkin’s “Shanghai Knights,” with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson.
He also appeared on several British television series, including “Feather Boy,” “Family Business,” “Nearly Famous” and “Talk to Me.” He was also seen in such telefilms as “Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars,” “The Best Man” and “The Apocalypse.”
Born in the UK, Taylor-Johnson began acting professionally at the age of six and attended the prestigious Jackie Palmer Stage School. His early theatre work includes playing the son of Macduff in the 1999 West End presentation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” starring Rufus Sewell, and the National Theatre staging of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” in 2000.