It was announced earlier that James Spader will play killer robot antagonist Ultron in Joss Whedon’s THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.
This is a great choice. Spader is a fine actor well-versed in playing hyper-intelligent characters, and is no stranger to playing amoral, often downright unlikeable anti-heroes and antagonists (which will come in handy if Whedon decides to cast Ultron as something other than an outright villain). And of course he’s got that wonderful gravelly voice which will sound brilliant coming out of a towering cybernetic body (likely motion-captured by Spader). He might even be able to bring a bit of humour to the role; just because he’s a metallic world-conquering behemoth doesn’t mean he can’t quip with the best of ’em. I’d happily pay just to see Spader’s Alan Shore from Boston Legal verbally sparring with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark.
Age of Ultron is rapidly becoming one of my most anticipated films of 2015. Joss Whedon exceeded expectations with the Avengers’ debut, and I see no reason why he won’t deliver a second time round. The plot sounds exciting, with increased emotional stakes and less silly aliens, and the already solid cast from the first film is being bolstered by some big, talented names. In addition to Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is playing super-speedy Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen is strongly rumoured to be playing his hex-flinging twin sibling Scarlett Witch. May 2015 can’t come quickly enough. SSP