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James Spader will be Ultron in Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Aug. 29, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Well now, that's an interesting choice!

Emmy award-winning actor James Spader will play the titular villain, Ultron, in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Recent rumors suggested that Paul Bettany's J.A.R.V.I.S. from the IRON MAN films would voice the artificial intelligence gone bad that is Ultron, but apparently that's not the case. Spader, well known for his deceptively evil roles certainly has the right voice for the robotic villain and will no doubt bring his usual blend of venemous intensity as the main villain.

Spader has dabbled in the dark side all the way back to his PRETTY IN PINK days and has since been in a number of significant films, including SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE, CRASH (Cronenberg version), WOLF, STARGATE, 2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY, and SECRETARY (amongst others). Spader has had tremendous luck on the small screen as well, especially for his roles in The Practice, Boston Legal, and The Office.

Sounds like an inspired and cool choice to me and a worthy use of Spader's talents.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON hits theaters on May 01, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: One of my favorite Spader films is Dream Lover. A great psychological thriller which co-stars the lovely Madchen Amick. Highly recommended.
Source: Deadline

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4:06AM on 08/30/2013
James Spader is really awesome! I like him since Boston Legal and think that he was really cool in Secretary.
James Spader is really awesome! I like him since Boston Legal and think that he was really cool in Secretary.
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3:21AM on 08/30/2013

He is just doing voice over work.

Why are you people acting like he is going to be able to show off his acting chops. He is merely going to be doing the voice for a CGI Robot. I know actors can evoke emotion out of an audience with just their voice, but this isn't that big of a deal. He will be given a script, go into a sound booth and read his lines, and that is it, he won't be interacting with any of the actors or sets. Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Why are you people acting like he is going to be able to show off his acting chops. He is merely going to be doing the voice for a CGI Robot. I know actors can evoke emotion out of an audience with just their voice, but this isn't that big of a deal. He will be given a script, go into a sound booth and read his lines, and that is it, he won't be interacting with any of the actors or sets. Sex, Lies, and Videotape
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8:31AM on 08/30/2013
he probably will do some Mo-Cap work to ad some depth to the role he's playing. we just have to wait and see how they plan on doing this
he probably will do some Mo-Cap work to ad some depth to the role he's playing. we just have to wait and see how they plan on doing this
11:00AM on 08/30/2013
Voice acting is a lot tougher than most people realize. As an actor, you've lost close to 90% of what you use to get a character across in a film, since all you can use is your voice. That's why otherwise decent actors like Brad Pitt or Reese Witherspoon make terrible voice actors; they can't compensate for the limitations.
Voice acting is a lot tougher than most people realize. As an actor, you've lost close to 90% of what you use to get a character across in a film, since all you can use is your voice. That's why otherwise decent actors like Brad Pitt or Reese Witherspoon make terrible voice actors; they can't compensate for the limitations.
11:21PM on 08/29/2013

A stellar choice

I've always like James Spader, whether he's the villain or the hero. He also has the ability to disappear inside his characters: I had no idea he was in LINCOLN until the credits rolled.
I've always like James Spader, whether he's the villain or the hero. He also has the ability to disappear inside his characters: I had no idea he was in LINCOLN until the credits rolled.
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10:23PM on 08/29/2013
anybody remember the movie "Mannequin" with James Spader
anybody remember the movie "Mannequin" with James Spader
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10:20PM on 08/29/2013

Whats Next?

i was liking the idea of Jarvis becoming Ultron since Hank Pym wasnt part his creation, though deep down i still wish he was the one who created Ultron in the cinematic universe. But this announcement literally came outta nowhere and Im cool with it. August is officially the month of "unexpected casting choices"
i was liking the idea of Jarvis becoming Ultron since Hank Pym wasnt part his creation, though deep down i still wish he was the one who created Ultron in the cinematic universe. But this announcement literally came outta nowhere and Im cool with it. August is officially the month of "unexpected casting choices"
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8:14PM on 08/29/2013

WE HAVE THE VILLAIN.... WHO'S GONNA DIE?

I'm officially starting a Death Pool. Somebody's going die in Ultron? Who will it be? We've already heard that this will not be like the first Avengers, so JoBlo, why not start a Death Pool survey. And you know not everyone will survive Thanos in the end cap of the trilogy. Oh yeah. Would have been cool if it was Jarvis but too obvious. Spader can be quite the bastard with the right script. Time to step up Jossy.
I'm officially starting a Death Pool. Somebody's going die in Ultron? Who will it be? We've already heard that this will not be like the first Avengers, so JoBlo, why not start a Death Pool survey. And you know not everyone will survive Thanos in the end cap of the trilogy. Oh yeah. Would have been cool if it was Jarvis but too obvious. Spader can be quite the bastard with the right script. Time to step up Jossy.
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7:40PM on 08/29/2013

Not gonna lie..

I was kinda hoping for the Paul Bettany rumour to be true...

But James Spader is a top choice to add to the cast.

So when are we going to get the confirmation on the casting of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch?
I was kinda hoping for the Paul Bettany rumour to be true...

But James Spader is a top choice to add to the cast.

So when are we going to get the confirmation on the casting of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch?
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4:19PM on 08/29/2013
Couldn't give a crap about the movie and this headline still excited me a bit. Lurve Spader and excited to see the furthering of his success!!
Couldn't give a crap about the movie and this headline still excited me a bit. Lurve Spader and excited to see the furthering of his success!!
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4:14PM on 08/29/2013

I Love It!!!

this is awesome! I Love Spader, and always thought it was cool that 80's era Spader was basically the early Romita Matt Murdock brought to life in terms of physical appearance
this is awesome! I Love Spader, and always thought it was cool that 80's era Spader was basically the early Romita Matt Murdock brought to life in terms of physical appearance
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4:05PM on 08/29/2013

Great choice!

"I wouldn't trust him with a v-neck!"
"I wouldn't trust him with a v-neck!"
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4:02PM on 08/29/2013
Absolutely Awesome casting. Genius!!! Now go get Andrew McCarthy & Judd Nelson, we can have a Brat Pack reunion.
Absolutely Awesome casting. Genius!!! Now go get Andrew McCarthy & Judd Nelson, we can have a Brat Pack reunion.
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6:02PM on 08/29/2013
Or Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz and have a 'Less Than Zero' reunion.
Or Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz and have a 'Less Than Zero' reunion.
2:44PM on 08/29/2013
I was really hoping they would cast Ben Affleck ;)
I was really hoping they would cast Ben Affleck ;)
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2:43PM on 08/29/2013

My first thought on seeing this news....

Doh! There goes my prediction. Wait its James Spader! Woohooo!
Doh! There goes my prediction. Wait its James Spader! Woohooo!
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2:07PM on 08/29/2013
Inspired choice.
Inspired choice.
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1:56PM on 08/29/2013
I hope this doesn't exclude the "Jarvis" origin of Ultron, because I loved the idea.
I hope this doesn't exclude the "Jarvis" origin of Ultron, because I loved the idea.
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1:37PM on 08/29/2013
Haha, he was on my short list for Lex Luthor (This was before he shaved his head for his new series). Great choice for Ultron though.
Haha, he was on my short list for Lex Luthor (This was before he shaved his head for his new series). Great choice for Ultron though.
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1:03PM on 08/29/2013
Awesome!! Good direction!
Awesome!! Good direction!
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1:00PM on 08/29/2013

Genius Wings with a side of Awesome Sauce

That made my day!
That made my day!
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12:58PM on 08/29/2013
Not upset from this, but I liked the JARVIS idea more.
Not upset from this, but I liked the JARVIS idea more.
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1:10PM on 08/29/2013
Paul Bettany doesn't actually like working on the Iron Man movies. He just goes in records his lines for a day or two and collects his check. So I think expanding his role would be the opposite of what he wants.
Paul Bettany doesn't actually like working on the Iron Man movies. He just goes in records his lines for a day or two and collects his check. So I think expanding his role would be the opposite of what he wants.
1:21PM on 08/29/2013
I guess the dude above knows this as a fact because he talks to him everyday?
I guess the dude above knows this as a fact because he talks to him everyday?
1:25PM on 08/29/2013
It is true what "thatoneguy889" stated. True to the extent that Paul did say that before according to the internet. Hey it could still very likely be JARVIS. James Spader could be replacing him but lets hope not.
It is true what "thatoneguy889" stated. True to the extent that Paul did say that before according to the internet. Hey it could still very likely be JARVIS. James Spader could be replacing him but lets hope not.
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12:55PM on 08/29/2013
Simply put, Love it. Spader has a great voice for Ultron. Excellent casting.
Simply put, Love it. Spader has a great voice for Ultron. Excellent casting.
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12:52PM on 08/29/2013
Was hoping for Bettany, thought he could give Ultron an old Bond villain feel with his voice alone. But no way in hell am I gonna complain about James Spader.
Was hoping for Bettany, thought he could give Ultron an old Bond villain feel with his voice alone. But no way in hell am I gonna complain about James Spader.
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12:41PM on 08/29/2013
Stellar casting, great start Joss.
Stellar casting, great start Joss.
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12:26PM on 08/29/2013
Whedon knows how to cast... unlike some directors.....
Whedon knows how to cast... unlike some directors.....
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12:24PM on 08/29/2013

He does have a great voice

I can't complain. He does have a similar tone to JARVIS, but with a more evil twang to it. It can be very relaxed and threatening at the same time.
I can't complain. He does have a similar tone to JARVIS, but with a more evil twang to it. It can be very relaxed and threatening at the same time.
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12:18PM on 08/29/2013
While n my head it made sense for J.A.R.V.I.S. to somehow have a part in the Ultron character, James Sander is a fine choice for the villain. He actually plays a very cold, creepy villain & a lot of that has to do with his voice. This is very good news. It's never a mistake to bring in good talent.
While n my head it made sense for J.A.R.V.I.S. to somehow have a part in the Ultron character, James Sander is a fine choice for the villain. He actually plays a very cold, creepy villain & a lot of that has to do with his voice. This is very good news. It's never a mistake to bring in good talent.
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12:06PM on 08/29/2013
Since it was revealed that Ultron would be the next villain...and the clip showed an Iron Man helmet being transformed in to Ultron's head...I've very much warmed to the idea that all the stuff Stark was doing in Iron Man 3 (i.e. remote flying the suits) would lead to Jarvis taking full control of the them...and for an unspecified reason... turning in to Ultron. With that in mind, I'm a little let down by this news.
Since it was revealed that Ultron would be the next villain...and the clip showed an Iron Man helmet being transformed in to Ultron's head...I've very much warmed to the idea that all the stuff Stark was doing in Iron Man 3 (i.e. remote flying the suits) would lead to Jarvis taking full control of the them...and for an unspecified reason... turning in to Ultron. With that in mind, I'm a little let down by this news.
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11:52AM on 08/29/2013
Ultron: Struggling until the end. Illogical. You must realize the end is here.
Tony Stark: No. Still hope.
Ultron: False. Hope is a human delusion.

Now I hear this in Spader's voice. Cool.
Ultron: Struggling until the end. Illogical. You must realize the end is here.
Tony Stark: No. Still hope.
Ultron: False. Hope is a human delusion.

Now I hear this in Spader's voice. Cool.
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11:50AM on 08/29/2013
I haven't really seen anything he has been in. But, since you guys are happy I'll assume it is a solid choice.
I haven't really seen anything he has been in. But, since you guys are happy I'll assume it is a solid choice.
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11:49AM on 08/29/2013
Yes, I've seen Dream Lover. Glad you mentioned that. Spader is an excellent choice.
Yes, I've seen Dream Lover. Glad you mentioned that. Spader is an excellent choice.
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11:48AM on 08/29/2013
I like him in crash and stargate.i had seen him play innocent guy roles.would be interesting to see him play a supervillain
I like him in crash and stargate.i had seen him play innocent guy roles.would be interesting to see him play a supervillain
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11:46AM on 08/29/2013
James Spader voicing the android supervillain laying down Whedonesque dialog.

So much yes.
James Spader voicing the android supervillain laying down Whedonesque dialog.

So much yes.
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11:45AM on 08/29/2013
Love Spader!

So now less raw rage & more condescending prick? Kidding...
Love Spader!

So now less raw rage & more condescending prick? Kidding...
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11:44AM on 08/29/2013
Brilliant in season 8 of The Office
Brilliant in season 8 of The Office
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11:38AM on 08/29/2013
Wow. THIS is an interesting choice. Spader has a distinctively different voice and cadence. I have to imagine Ultron differently now. I am liking it. Thumbs up.
Wow. THIS is an interesting choice. Spader has a distinctively different voice and cadence. I have to imagine Ultron differently now. I am liking it. Thumbs up.
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11:37AM on 08/29/2013
That...came out of left field. Not quite as much as BatAffleck, but this will be interesting too. I think this is a clever casting choice in that Spader's not a super-famous name (not a knock against him) such that it won't become distracting to the point that every time Ultron speaks, audiences will only hear a "famous voice".
That...came out of left field. Not quite as much as BatAffleck, but this will be interesting too. I think this is a clever casting choice in that Spader's not a super-famous name (not a knock against him) such that it won't become distracting to the point that every time Ultron speaks, audiences will only hear a "famous voice".
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11:37AM on 08/29/2013
Spader is great, but are they doing CGI for Ultron? If not Spader better start hitting the weights.
Spader is great, but are they doing CGI for Ultron? If not Spader better start hitting the weights.
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11:38AM on 08/29/2013
Ultron will probably be done the same way Iron Man, Iron Patriot/War Machine and Silver Samurai are done: CGI with select practical elements for static shots and the like.
Ultron will probably be done the same way Iron Man, Iron Patriot/War Machine and Silver Samurai are done: CGI with select practical elements for static shots and the like.
12:14PM on 08/29/2013
He was ripped in Supernova. I almost didn't recognize him.
He was ripped in Supernova. I almost didn't recognize him.
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