Last month, Marvel announced James Spader was set to play the villain Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since Ultron is an evil robot, we didn’t know the extent of Spader’s performance. Would it just be voice work or would he be doing motion-capture work like Mark Ruffalo did for the Hulk? While doing the press rounds for his new TV series The Blacklist, Spader told The Inquirer [via CS], “I went in for them to take very extensive photographs, head scans, body scans, and all kinds of things in preparation for figuring out how the hell I’m gonna fit in this Ultron character!” It sounds like Spader will probably be doing motion-capture work, which isn’t too surprising since Ultron is a humanoid robot.
For more another brief bit of info on the upcoming superhero sequel, hit the jump for a comment from from Scarlett Johansson. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Samuel L. Jackson. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
Director Darren Aronofsky interviewed Johansson for Interview Magazine [via NY Daily News], and it’s a very cool piece. During their conversation, The Avengers: Age of Ultron came up, and Johansson said, “We’ll be shooting that in January. I think we’re taking it to the streets this time, I think we’re going overseas.” I thought the streets were pretty well taken when the aliens attacked in the first movie, but the worldwide expansion makes sense. If the Earth is going to be at stake again, it’s probably best to visit parts outside of the United States.