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James Spader officially cast as Ultron in Avengers sequel

August 29th, 2013 by Zack Drouillard Comments

That’s right folks it is 100% confirmed that the actor James Spader (Lincoln) will be Ultron. Now this is not, I repeat, not a rumor. Marvel has officially dropped a press release (featured below) straight from their website as opposed to letting it slip to other websites first. So what do you think of the casting choice? Is this a good choice for Marvel? Who would you have chosen? Don’t forget to check back to Following The Nerd for all things Avengers.

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Official Marvel press release:

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Casts James Spader as the Film’s Legendary Villain

The Emmy® Award-winning actor set to play Ultron in the 2015 blockbuster!

Posted Aug 29, 2013 9:29 am

Updated Aug 29, 2013 10:25 am

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.

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Zack considers himself a modern day samurai, which, if you ask him, means he reads comic books and studies Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is the self-proclaimed biggest Batman fan, meaning he has Batman tattooed on his arm, a shrine of action figures and comics in his honor. He's also addicted to video games and movies as well. You can follow Zack on Twitter @Gothamshero88