James Spader will play Ultron in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The announcement was made by a spokesman for Marvel Studios Thursday morning.
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 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.”
Joss Whedon, who helmed the gigantically successful “Marvel’s The Avengers,” returns to write and direct the sequel, which opens on May 1, 2015. “Marvel’s The Avengers,” released in 2012, went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.