James Spader (Stargate, The Watcher) has been cast as the villain in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to last year’s mega-blockbuster The Avengers. Marvel released this statement via their website:
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.
I’m not a hundred percent sure what I think of this news. I am not a fan of James Spader, though he is a decent actor. I just haven’t seen him in anything I actually loved. The closest I have come to liking a film he was in was The Watcher, which also starred Keanu Reeves as a serial killer with Spader the washed up FBI agent trying to catch him.
Time will tell if this will work. I do have complete faith in Joss Whedon, though, so I am sure this will work well. The question I have is this. Will Spader just be voicing Ultron or doing the mo-cap work as well.
So what do you think? Vote in my poll below!