While not as shocking as the recent Ben Affleck is Batman news, this is still some pretty shocking news. It has been officially revealed by Marvel that actor James Spader (Stargate, Boston Legal, The Office) is going to be playing the titled villain in the upcoming sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Here’s the press release via Marvel.com:
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.
With the current rumors hitting the web that unlike in the comics, Ultron will be created by Tony Stark as an adapted AI from JARVIS gone terribly wrong, this casting may turn into some of the most interesting news in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of yet.
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron hits US theaters May 1, 2015.