Looks like James Spader will once again be a bad influence on Robert Downey Jr. He has been announced as the actor who will portray Ultron in the next Avengers movie, according to a press release straight from Marvel:
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.
This is exciting news for fans of Spader (I am one) who has cultivated a persona of devilish intellect throughout his career. He and RDJ have long run in some parallel tracks as Brat-packers, then ’90s David E. Kelley reclamation projects and now entering their 50s at the height of their popularity. Spader is set to star in one of this fall’s most anticipated (by me) shows about a criminal mastermind who turns himself in to take down a list of his named criminal associates. The show is called “Blacklist” and sounds intriguing.
I think he is a brave and thoughtful choice for Ultron and will bring a new level of malevolence to the character.