As production on the highly anticipated Marvel sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron looks to get underway in March, writer/director Joss Whedon is nearly finished casting the film. The biggest news we’ve heard thus far, though, is that James Spader will be playing the film’s villain, the titular evil robot Ultron. It was an inspired bit of casting and extremely fitting when you have someone like Joss Whedon running the shots, and now the filmmaker has spoken briefly about how he settled on Spader to play the chief antagonist. Hit the jump to read on.
Speaking on Marvel’s The Watcher show (via /Film), Whedon revealed that Spader was his choice to play Ultron from the word “go”:
“Spader was my first and only choice. He’s got that hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling, but he’s also very human and humorous. Ultron is not Hal (from 2001: A Space Odyssey). Spader can play all of the levels. He’s the guy to break The Avengers into pieces. Muwahaha.”
It remains to be seen just exactly how Ultron will be portrayed in the film, so it’s unclear whether Spader will be doing motion-capture work or if his performance is mainly just voice work. Whatever the case, I can’t wait to see the finished product. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
Anton Yelchin, Alexandra Daddario and Ashley Green star in the horror master's latest.
Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey fill the roles previously played by Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.
Amma Asante will direct the true story of royal family member Seretse Khama, who came under fire when he married a white woman in 1949.
Plus the posters for Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’ and the patriot dog movie, ‘Max’.
Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, and more spill the beans about their new film, Spielberg influences, and more.
Matt and Adam talk about the film's themes, flaws, goals, post-production, and how the movie relates to the careers of director Brad Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof.
"Manic Pixie Dream Girl" aside, it's time to reconsider Crowe's much-maligned 'Vanilla Sky' follow-up.
Writer/director Marielle Heller's feature debut tackles the tricky subject matter of the female sexual awakening.
The mutant has a strong connection to Oscar Isaac's villainous Apocalypse.
The ‘Machete’ helmer will take on the live-action adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon.