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James Spader to Play Villain Ultron in 'Avengers' Sequel

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 29, 2013 at 12:51PM

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.
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James Spader on "The Blacklist"
James Spader on "The Blacklist"

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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.