Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ray Marcus
Aaron Taylor-Johnson was born in High Wycombe, England and attended the prestigious Jackie Palmer Stage School. Since he began performing at age nine, he has made a significant impression on audiences worldwide with memorable portrayals.
In Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Nowhere Boy, he starred as John Lennon in a story depicting the artist’s turbulent teenage years. Mr. Taylor-Johnson’s performance brought him a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nomination for Best Actor; a London Critics’ Circle Film Award nomination; and the Empire Award for Best Newcomer.
Also for Focus Features, he starred in Joe Wright’s bold, theatrical new version of Anna Karenina, opposite Keira Knightley. His other films include Oliver Stone’s Savages; Gareth Edwards’ blockbuster Godzilla, with Elizabeth Olsen; and Rodrigo García’s Albert Nobbs, alongside Glenn Close and Mia Wasikowska. Mr. Taylor-Johnson and Ms. Olsen reteamed to join the Marvel Universe for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, portraying superpowered siblings Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, respectively. The movie grossed over $1 billion in worldwide box office sales in 2015.
He starred as the title character, Dave Lizewski, in the cult hit Kick-Ass. Matthew Vaughn’s movie version of the Mark Millar comic won Best British Film at the Empire Awards, where Mr. Taylor-Johnson was a Best Actor nominee. He reprised the role for Kick-Ass 2, directed by Jeff Wadlow.
Mr. Taylor-Johnson portrayed the young version of Edward Norton’s character in Neil Burger’s The Illusionist; portrayed a young Charlie Chaplin in David Dobkin’s Shanghai Knights, opposite Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson; starred in Richard Claus’ The Thief Lord, with Caroline Goodall and Jasper Harris; played the lead role in Matthew Thompson’s U.K. independent film Dummy; was part of the ensemble in Gurinder Chadha’s Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging; and starred alongside Carey Mulligan in Shana Feste’s The Greatest.
He recently completed production on the Iraq-set thriller The Wall, directed by Doug Liman.