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James Spader to Play Ultron in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Marvel is continuing to make good on their pledge to fill their films with the best casts possible. The studio’s latest role to cast is for that of the killer robot Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The studio has chosen three-time Emmy winner James Spader for the role. Few details have been released, but since Ultron is a humanoid robot it is likely that director Joss Whedon will utilize motion capture for the part. Also unclear is whether or not Spader will lend his voice to Ultron, one would assume so, but you never know nowadays. And if they do use his voice, how much of Spader’s original voice will come through an electronic Vocoder.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Here’s the press release via

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.

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