James Spader will play the titular menace in Avengers sequel Age Of Ultron.
Originally announced by writer/director Joss Whedon at Comic-Con, Age Of Ultron will see Tony Stark and the gang taking on a brand new threat torn from the pages of Marvel comic lore and given a spit-and-polish origin story for the big screen. Ultron is a criminally insane, sentient robot dedicated to conquest and the extermination of humanity.
He comes loaded with several powers, including, strength, agility, stunning intelligence and, oh yes, a rage-filled loathing for our heroes and an intent to destroy them. Bad robot! Bad!
Spader seems like a perfect choice to play the role, given his ability to play smarts, snark and menace when required. Plus he should have a proper handle on Whedon’s trademark snappy dialogue, assuming Ultron gets to be quippy. Marvel’s statement doesn’t specify if he’ll be simply voicing the role, suiting up or stepping into a performance capture outfit a la Mark Ruffalo’s take on the Hulk.
Spader’s never done cartoon voice work or performance-capture before, so this marks a brave new dawn for the actor.
You can see the encouraging remarks from the Tom Hiddleston below.
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) August 29, 2013
With Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and most likely Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner back, the new cast will also include Elizabeth Olsen and a rumoured Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Via Empire