Our New Ultron In ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Is… James Spader?

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08.29.13 22 Comments

James Spader to Play Villain Ultron in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

At Comic-Con, Marvel announced the next Avengers movie would be Avengers: Age Of Ultron. This prompted us to write a quick guide to who this Ultron fellow is. Now we have a face to crudely photoshop into the picture (literally, in this case). Marvel just announced James Spader has signed to play Ultron, the titular villain.

Here’s the full press release from MARVEL:

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 bring the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with “Marvel’s The Avengers” director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. “Marvel’s The Avengers” was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.

Spader is represented by ICM Partners and his lawyer Melanie Cook at Ziffren Brittenham.

I’ll be on board as long as James Spader’s Ultron has a secret lair, and he gives a monologue about how everything he owns is in the lair, and he doesn’t have a car or an apartment or anything. I mean, he just has a key to the lair. That’s one key. If he gets a car, that’s two keys. If he gets an apartment, that’s more keys, you know, buy some stuff, get more keys. He likes having just the one key. It’s clean.

Yes. 1989 movie references. Topical.

(Banner image elements courtesy of Marvel and Thibault.)

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