Marvel Studios and Disney released an official press release on Thursday confirming that actor James Spader will be playing Ultron, the main villain in Joss Whedon’s highly-anticipated sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Despite the announcement, Marvel still remained mum as to whether or not the three-time Emmy winner will be simply voicing the robot being or using motion-capture technology to bring the villain to life on the big screen.
A popular fixture in the Marvel Universe, Ultron is the robot creation of scientist Hank Pym (aka, Ant-Man) who boasts an advanced level of artificial intelligent along with a dangerous superiority complex that sees him hellbent on both destroying his creator and attempting world-domination. Despite being the creation of Hank Pym in the comics, Joss Whedon has already hinted that Ultron’s origin may differ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“We’re crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about”, says Whedon. “It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction theme that wasn’t there in the other one. Ultron is definitely something that evolves, so we’re going to get together a couple of different iterations. Nothing can be translated exactly as it was from the comics; particularly Ultron.”
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.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will begin production in March 2014 and is expected to arrive in theaters on May 1, 2015.