FILE – In this July 27, 2013 file photo, actor James Spader arrives at the NBC 2013 summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Marvel announced Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, that Spader will play Ulton in its “Avengers: Age of [auth] Ultron.” “Age of Ultron” is the sequel to the 2012 box-office hit “The Avengers.” (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — The “Avengers” sequel has its villain.
Marvel announced Thursday that James Spader will play Ultron in its “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” In the comics, the character is a robot with artificial intelligence.
“Age of Ultron” is the sequel to the 2012 box office hit “The Avengers.” Disney will release it in May 2015. The film will be directed by Joss Whedon and will star Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.
The 53-year-old Spader is well known for this TV work including roles on “The Practice,” ”Boston Legal” and the upcoming NBC drama “The Blacklist.” His films include 1989’s “Sex, Lies and Videotape” and last year’s “Lincoln.”