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