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James Spader cast as baddie in "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 29, 2013
James Spader (AP file)
James Spader (AP file)

James Spader is adding a big role to his incredibly eclectic resume: He has been cast as the villain in writer/director Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

The sequel to 2012′s record-breaking “Marvel’s The Avengers” will open in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Essentially, Ultron is a maniacal robot bent on annihilating the human race, and I believe Spader can pull it off. After all, he stylishly made attorney Alan Shore both completely charming and completely caddish all at the same time.

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 Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel, according to

The sequel also will bring back Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smuthers as Maria Hill. Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch will be joining the Avengers team for the sequel.

In addition, superheroes Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch will be joining the Avengers team for the follow-up, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“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.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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