Huh? Get Out of Here! Steff from "Pretty in Pink" Has Been Cast as the Villain in "The Avengers" Sequel?
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Huh? Get Out of Here! Steff from "Pretty in Pink" Has Been Cast as the Villain in "The Avengers" Sequel?

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 29, 2013 | Comments ()


James Spader has been cast in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. He will play Ultron, a mad artificial intelligence housed in an adamantium robotic body.

That’s a crazy casting choice, and almost as surprising as Ben Affleck being cast as Batman. But on the other hand, James Spader is a hell of an actor, can play creepy just about better than anyone, and while I doubt the role would call for it, dude can do leering sexual deviant like a BOSS.

I wouldn’t have been that surprised maybe ten years ago, but Spader’s career has turned mostly toward television of late, with Boston Legal, a turn on “The Office,” and his new drama, “The Blacklist.” He’s not exactly A-list, but Marvel (and Whedon) are pretty great at focusing on talent, rather than the name, and Spader is an immense, though lately underappreciated, talent.


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  • Tara Green

    I think it's a great casting choice, he's a fantastic actor and fully versed in creepiness. +, Secretary.

  • Sars

    James Spader... what happened to the pretty :(

  • Eve

    Perfect casting is perfect!

  • LolitaPutana

    you are smoking crack if you think James Spader isn't A-list.

  • Walt Jr

    James Spader was so creepy sexy. He and Cillian Murphy- so creepy, yet so sexy

  • saltydog

    Would he most likely just be doing a voice for the role?

  • BuffyloGal

    Joss is once again showing how it should be done. The real question is only which beloved character will be killed off. My money's on RDJ for the block.

  • manting

    he is a cash cow for marvel and Disney - not sure they want to kill him off. I think Hawkeye.

  • Ben

    Marvel have this habit of casting the last person I'd expect in a role that as soon as I hear it I think "Holy shit that's fucking perfect!" (See also: Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galxay)

    So yeah, Holy shit that's fucking perfect.

  • manting

    I would guess spader is going to string Iron Man/RDJ out on blow and then turn him into a gay prostitute. Avengers - The Less than Zero Protocol

  • BWeaves

    I get the feeling that some of the comments here are leaning towards "damn, he's not aging well."

    I say he's aging normally, and will therefore have a very long career exactly because he does not look like Rob Lowe in "Behind the Candelabra." I'd rather see someone own their receding hairline, than do a combover. I'd rather see someone own their belly, than wear their pants around their penis and swear they still wear the same size jeans they did in high school.

    Have you seen the sort of men who are out there in my age range? Hell, I'd still nail Spader like a board over a broken window during zombie apocalypse.

    (Thank you ZombieNurse. I use your analogy whenever I can.)

  • manting

    you know Zombie nurse? I used to date her - she turned me on to this site.

  • BWeaves

    Nope, but I always try to thank someone when I steal their good lines.

  • Batesian

    Spader plays "... a mad artificial intelligence" created by Downey Jr's Stark -- so it's Avengers: Less Than Zero One Zero One One Zero?

  • kim bunchalastnames

    this comment is so brilliant i can't even wrap my mind around it fully.

  • manting

    Actually Ultron is created by Henry Pym - Ant Man - if they are going to do an Ant Man movie than it would be a great tie in.

  • BuffyloGal

    They are doing an Ant Man movie, but it will come out after Avengers 2. Not sure how the chronology is going to work on that one for the uninformed.

  • manting

    but that makes no sense. Also, Utlron is central to Pym's character. Wait a minute, what happened to T.H.A.N.O.S.? He's the big bad right? So Ultron will be the secondary villain? Or will T.H.A.N.O.S. feature more prominently in Avengers 3?

  • Dave Dorris

    Why are you spelling Thanos with periods? There are no periods.

  • manting

    sorry confused it with M.O.D.O.K.

  • Dave Dorris

    If you confused Thanos with MODOK, i'm not sure how credible your opinion may be. Regardless: While Ultron might be central to Pym's character, the opposite is not necessarily true. Is there a connection to Jarvis, or have they just been effing with us? Marvel is pushing some pretty interesting buttons here.

  • manting

    I confused the name, jackass. Since you spelled MODOK and not M.O.D.O.K. Im not sure how credible YOUR opinion may be. See how that works.

  • Dave Dorris

    I was just being a lazy typer.
    In all sincerity, my apologies.

  • BuffyloGal

    Hope is a human delusion.

  • Batesian

    (In the comics, yes. Whedon has stated more than once that Pym won't be in the movie, and pretty much that Stark creates Ultron.)

  • Bev

    Well written article on James Spader. I agree with every word.

  • Marc Greene

    Love it. He's got a great smooth yet kind of creepy voice.

  • Stephen Nein

    Surprising? Hell, no -- Brainiac, er, Ultron, is at his best when subtle and creepy. Bang on.

  • Repo

    Spader versus Downey in 2015 in what will be the highest grossing movie of the year? THE 80's ARE BACK BABY!!

  • Xikar

    Well now I got to go watch Tuff Turf.

  • DominaNefret

    This makes perfect sense to me.

  • mairimba

    Spader is not exactly A-list cause he's ABOVE it.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    Ah, there you go. Now I don't feel the need to comment. Amen.

  • ed newman

    So is this just voice work for a CGI character or will he appear on screen?

  • Or maybe just be completely unrecognizable by makeup or costume, like they did with Colm Feore in Thor.

  • BuffyloGal

    Spader has a new project in the works so he'll be motion capture for sure.

  • foolsage

    Ultron's an artificial intelligence. It'd be really odd if we saw Spader in this film, because Ultron has no reason to appear as a meatbag.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I would assume as the voice. Maybe he'll do motion capture like Ruffalo did for Hulk.

  • foolsage

    ^ This. Since Ultron's a robot, I expect a mixture of practical effects and CGI.


  • AngelenoEwok

    If you're cool with this I guess I'm cool with it.

  • Samantha Klein

    LOVE IT.

  • Wicked

    Hmmm, will he wear like a robotic suit or something? Because when he appeared on The Office, he didn't look... um, ok.

  • Wicked

    I know he's an amazing actor, I never said he wasn't. I haven't seen Lincoln so I can't say how he looks there, its that I compared how he looked when he filmed secretary and how he looked in the office and... it was sad. =/ But hey, I agree... he is A-list.

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    you are smoking crack if you think James Spader isn't A-list.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    He looked pretty good with that mustache in Lincoln.

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