Joss Whedon Talks Casting James Spader in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

The director teases that this villain is going to break our beloved superheroes into pieces, and that Spader was the only man for the job.

Joss Whedon talks casting James Spader as Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Joss Whedon talks casting James Spader as Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron
In his first public statement since James Spader was cast as Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, director Joss Whedon revealed that the actor was his only choice to play the villain.

"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. Spader can play all of the levels. He's the guy to break The Avengers into pieces."

While no official story details have been released, Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce revealed details about the plot last month.

"Obviously, Age of Ultron suggests that in The Avengers 2 there will definitely be some level of, if not giant evil robots, then definitely a robotic or artificial intelligence entity. I may or may not have been excited about it for a year. Not every aspect of Phase Two is planned already, but Joss has been thinking about it for a year and Kevin Feige has been thinking about what The Avengers 2 does since the first film. The scale I think they're going to reach for is going to be truly epic, which is incredible when you consider how epic Marvel's The Avengers was. But on a character level the story will actually be smaller, or at least more intimate. It's hard to put a list together of all the things Joss is good at as a writer, but definitely in the top five would be dealing with the shifting dynamics of a large group of characters."

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

Sources: Marvel Studios

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  1. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic same thing with hemsworth, josh whedon, downy jr, depp, moretz

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  2. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 He hasn't really been in too many really big movies, or really any big movies for that matter to be that well known. For example: I didn't know who Tom Hiddleston was before he played Loki in the movie Thor. So when he is seen playing Ultron he is going to be much more well known by people, once they've seen him in The Avengers: Age of Ultron playing Ultron.

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  3. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic well i have no idea who he is until i see the movie

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  4. Josh

    I completely missed this announcement when it was made, but Spader makes a great villain. This is going to be fun. Think he'll do any motion capture for the character?

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  5. Sean

    @OhhmeohhMy I completely agree.

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  6. OhhmeohhMy

    He will do such a real good voice over. Whendon knows what he is doing. cant wait to see this movie.

    2 years agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Everything that comes out of Whedon's mouth until his run on Avengers is over is that everything was or has been his first choice.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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