Marvel has issued a press release this morning announcing the casting of James Spader as Ultron for the 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron. Many fans will remember Spader from his films from the ’80s, along with 1994’s Stargate and most recently his role on NBC’s The Office. This is definitely a peculiar casting choice. Wondering if this will involve some heaving digital manipulation in post-production. Very curious how this will turn out. So far Marvel has made great casting choices so I’m sure they know what they are doing here. You can read the press announcement after the jump. (Source: Marvel)
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Casts James Spader as the Film’s Legendary Villain
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.