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Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2013

James Spader cast as Ultron for ‘Avengers 2, no details on voice role or motion capture

Tom Hiddleston will no longer be the lone big baddie in the Marvel Universe as James Spader has joined the sequel to The Avengers.

The three-time Emmy winner Spader will “play” the villain Ultron in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, a key villain in the Marvel comics.

the-avengers-2-age-of-ultron-logoUltron is a mad artificial intelligence housed in an adamantium robotic body, which may be an evolution of the Jarvis AI voiced by Paul Bettany or a by-product of Tony Stark’s Iron Man technology.

There is no details yet, especially whether he’s doing the voice or motion capture.

Age of Ultron arrives in theaters May 1, 2015.

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.

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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