Marvel announces that James Spader will play Ultron in ‘Avengers: Rise of Ultron’


james-spader-ultron-avengers-rise-of-ultronIt was fun while it lasted, J.A.R.V.I.S. Yesterday we reported that rumors were swirling stating that Paul Bettany, voice actor of Tony Stark’s digital assistant, would play the voice and possible motion capture of Ultron, the big baddie in the upcoming Avengers sequel.

Today it was announced that James Spader, who recently acted in Lincoln and will head back to television this fall as the lead in The Blacklist, will play Ultron, one of the most feared villains in the Marvel universe. Spader got his start playing creepy actors in horror movies, as he’s been known to many since the 80s, which should aid the actor as he works to develop a unique character around Joss Whedon’s writing.

Here is Marvel’s full announcement of the casting decision:

James Spader will face off against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the villain in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the sequel to 2012’s record-breaking “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The Emmy Award-winning actor will play Ultron in the Avengers’ much anticipated return to the big screen from writer/director Joss Whedon. The film comes to theaters on May 1, 2015.

Spader earned three Emmy Awards for his role as Alan Shore on “Boston Legal” and “The Practice,” and will return to television this fall in NBC’s highly anticipated series “The Blacklist.” Most recently Spader was seen in the critically-acclaimed film “Lincoln” directed by Steven Spielberg and has previously worked with a long list of accomplished film directors including David Cronenberg, Curtis Hansen, Sidney Lumet, Mike Nichols, Tim Robbins, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone.  David Mamet also directed Spader in the Broadway play Race.

Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit theaters on May 1st, 2015!

Now we ask: What do you think of the casting decision? Can you see Spader as Ultron?


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