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James Spader to Play Villain Ultron in ‘Avengers’ Sequel

James Spader to Play Villain Ultron in 'Avengers' Sequel

James Spader has been cast as lead villain Ultron in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” set to hit theaters in 2015. The sequel will be helmed by “Avengers” writer-director Joss Whedon.

Spader is a three-time Emmy winner for his role as Alan Shore on “Boston Legal” and “The Practice.” He has NBC’s “The Blacklist” coming this fall. He was most recently seen on the big screen in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”

Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are expected to board the “Avengers” sequel as well, as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, respectively.

2012’s “The Avengers” made $1.5 billion worldwide at the box office, and is currently the third largest-grossing film of all time.

Whedon recently talked about the upcoming “Avengers” sequel in EW.

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Spader has made an admirable transition from youthful leading man (SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE, BAD INFLUENCE, LESS THAN ZERO) to middle-aged character actor. I haven't watched him on TV, so I was quite startled to learn via the end credits that the rather rotund, mustachio'd operative named Bilbo in LINCOLN, who rushed around to pressure congressman to vote Lincoln's way, was Spader. I just looked him up on IMDB and was surprised to learn that he's 53 already. I trust that he will continue to have a long, active career ahead of him.

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