Yesterday a rumor surfaced that Iron Man supporting actor Paul Bettany would be voicing the villainous Ultron in Joss Whedon’s followup to Avengers. But while the rumor seemed to make sense, it has been debunked and instead cast to a different actor altogether. According to a report coming directly from Marvel, likely in response to the Bettany rumors, actor James Spader has been cast as Ultron for the 2015 film Avengers 2.
James Spader will face off against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the villain in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the sequel to 2012’s record-breaking “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The Emmy Award-winning actor will play Ultron in the Avengers’ much anticipated return to the big screen from writer/director Joss Whedon. The film comes to theaters on May 1, 2015.
Spader’s casting as a major villain continues Marvel’s interesting casting choices but so far every single one has paid off. Eyebrows were raised when Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Iron Man but he’s since become one of the best superhero actors to have ever crossed into the genre.
Fans will likely either remember Spader from his 80s film roles or more recently his turn as an Emmy Award winning television star. While out of the box on the surface, Marvel has earned the confidence of fans that they can cast a film properly and Spader hopping on Avengers: Age of Ultron only adds to the already star-studded cast of talent.