Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time!
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Cover
Does Star Wars Have A Brain Trust?
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Edgar Wright Heads For Grasshopper Jungle
He's attached to the YA adaptation
Joaquin Phoenix In Early Talks For Doctor Strange
He could be the Sorcerer Supreme
Comic-Con: Jonathan Pryce & More Join Game Of Thrones
Alexander Siddig, Keisha Castle-Hughes and more set for Season 5
Patrick Wilson Departs Ant-Man
Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman are also leaving the film
Comic-Con: Maze Runner Sequel In Development
The Scorch Trials should be on the way
Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Is Writing An Evil Dead TV Show
Along with Ivan Raimi and Bruce Campbell
Comic-Con: The Walking Dead Unleashes First Season Five Tease
'We don't know what's coming next...'
Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Talks The Last Of Us Movie
And reveals Maisie Williams in talks
Comic-Con: New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Image
Black Widow finds a LiveWire
Working Title Acquires Enid Blyton's The Famous Five
Five on the development trail
See The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Concept Art Posters
Updated! Now with Black Widow, Captain America, The Vision & more
Gallery: Toys, Models And Stalls From The 2014 Comic-Con Floor
Check out the sights and stalls of 2014's San Diego convention
Raccoon Rule At Guardians Of The Galaxy’s London Premiere
It’s a marvellous night for a racoon dance
New Clip From Football Animation The Unbeatables
Fuss in boots
Comic-Con: New Image Of Ben Affleck As Batman Revealed
Check out the Batdimples on Bruce
Comic-Con: Christopher Nolan Unveils Interstellar
Director’s surprise appearance heralds new information
Hammer Opens The Winchester Mystery House
Spierig brothers prepare for a haunting
Comic-Con: First Poster For Leprechaun Prequel
Leprechaun: Origins goes back to the old country
Podcast #121: Brett Ratner, Jason Blum
What are your 'dating dealbreaker' movies?
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
YESTERDAY
Comic-Con: New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Image
Black Widow finds a LiveWire
See The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Concept Art Posters
Updated! Now with Black Widow, Captain America, The Vision & more
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Avengers: Age Of Ultron
24 April 2015
Foxcatcher
25 December 2014
Lucy
22 August 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Begin Again (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Chef (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Under The Skin (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Her (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

James Spader Is Avengers' Ultron!
He's signed as the robo-baddie for Joss Whedon's sequel

30 August 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Marvel

submit to reddit

James Spader Is Avengers Ultron

Poor old DC. Just when they think they might have control of the superhero news cycle for a day by announcing where Superman/Batman will shoot, along comes Marvel with a casting bombshell that rains on its parade even as it mixes metaphors. What news, you ask? Only that 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 shawarma-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 fine 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, but we’d guess the latter. Spader's never done cartoon voice work or performance-capture before, so this marks a brave new dawn for the actor. But don't worry: he got a message of encouragement from the last guy to tangle with the supergroup, as Tom Hiddleston tweeted his support (see below).

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 (assuming her deal closes) and a rumoured Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron will be out on May 1, 2015.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

The Empire Podcast #76: Jim Rash, Nat Faxon, Shane Carruth
Dean dong!
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

RE: RE:
L: Artoo L: elab49 still doing straw men Cause I'd go back to - also, Spader is a pretty decent and often very good actor. Am I really that transparent? pader's not bad, but very samey in everything I've ever seen him in. Slow, contemplative, nerdy, pervy and most importnatly - unlikeable! And Affleck is a pretty good actor too. Look at Boiler Room, Changing Lanes, Hollywoodland, The Town and Argo - all decent performances no? Be unbiased..... ote] I don't th More

Posted by elab49 at 18:21 on 30 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: elab49 still doing straw men Cause I'd go back to - also, Spader is a pretty decent and often very good actor. Am I really that transparent? pader's not bad, but very samey in everything I've ever seen him in. Slow, contemplative, nerdy, pervy and most importnatly - unlikeable! And Affleck is a pretty good actor too. Look at Boiler Room, Changing Lanes, Hollywoodland, The Town and Argo - all decent performances no? Be unbiased..... More

Posted by Artoo at 16:59 on 30 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Are we still doing straw men?ause I'd go back to - also, Spader is a pretty decent and often very good actor. More

Posted by elab49 at 16:18 on 30 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE:
I think Spader's voice is perfect for this but I don't like him as an actor - never have. Same as someone else mentioned, I see his face and just think of a slimey pervert! It's his work with David Cronenberg that's done it I reckon..... Luckily he's not as tall, dark and handsome as a certain other recent Superhero casting, nor was he ever referred to as an amalgamation of him and a certain celebrity partner he used to bang - so this fit's the criteria to be "a good bit of casting" indeed More

Posted by Artoo at 14:28 on 30 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE:
L: clarkkent Weird. Was kinda hoping those Jarvis rumours were true, but in Marvel/Whedon i trust. Still think Vin Diesel would have been a good shout. Also, how is it the internet broke when Affleck was announced as Batman, but this FAR more controversial casting gets barely a raised eyebrow? Oh, that's right, DC fanboys are pathetic and people still hate Ben Affleck just for being Ben Affleck. hy is it controversial? Is Ultron a voice? Spader has a great voice. More

Posted by elab49 at 11:49 on 30 August 2013 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Our official verdict on Marvel's latest addition to their cinematic universe

Frank Grillo's Ten Toughest Hollywood Tough Guys
The Purge: Anarchy star picks his favourite badasses

Role By Role With Joel McHale
The star of The Soup and Community on Spider-Man 2 and much more

'I Have The Club But I Didn't Get The Lion's Head'
Dwayne Johnson (and pals) talks Hercules props, action and ancient superheroes

Classic Feature: The Making Of The Silence Of The Lambs
Is this the most frightening movie ever made?

Classic Feature: Jack Nicholson - Gods Among Us
Charisma, consistency and cunning summed up in a single word: Jack.

Peter Fonda On Peter Fonda
The Hollywood legend relives his career highlights

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)