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James Spader cast as villain in 'Avengers' sequel

Thursday, August 29, 2013
James Spader.

This image released by NBC shows James Spader at the "The Blacklist" session during the NBCUniversal Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/NBC, Chris Haston)

The "Avengers" sequel has its villain.

Marvel announced Thursday that James Spader will play Ultron in its "Avengers: Age of Ultron." In the comics, the character is a robot with artificial intelligence.

"Age of Ultron" is the sequel to the 2012 box office hit "The Avengers." Disney will release it in May 2015. The film will be directed by Joss Whedon and will star Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.

The 53-year-old Spader is well known for this TV work including roles on "The Practice," ''Boston Legal" and the upcoming NBC drama "The Blacklist." His films include 1989's "Sex, Lies and Videotape" and last year's "Lincoln."

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