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The cover of an Age of Ultron comic book. / James Spader talks to OTRC.com at the premiere of Lincoln at Graumans Chinese Theatre during AFI Fest in Hollywood on Nov. 8, 2012. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

James Spader joins 'Avengers' sequel as Ultron (Confirmed)

08/29/2013 by Corinne Heller

James Spader has been cast as Ultron in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the sequel to the hit 2012 film "The Avengers," production company Marvel announced on Thursday, Aug. 29.

The new film is set to be released on May 1, 2015 and will be helmed by returning directer and screenwriter Joss Whedon, the firm added. In "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the Avengers face their biggest challenge yet -- the villain Ultron, who was artificially created and possesses superhuman strength.

Spader, a 53-year-old Emmy winner known for his acerbic roles and cool but commanding screen presence, was last seen in Steven Spielberg's movie "Lincoln," which was released late last year (watch a VIDEO of Spader at the premiere, below), and is better known for past roles on shows such as "The Office," "Boston Legal" and "The Practice" as well as fims such as "Pretty In Pink" and "Secretary."

What about Loki?

Will the Marvel villain Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston in the "Thor" films (including the upcoming sequel), appear in "Avengers: Age of Ultron"? Whedon talked to EW.com about it in a recent interview.

"Every movie is going to be a different villain," he said. "Loki's awesome, and he is awesome in 'Thor 2.' But 'The Avengers' is a different thing. I worked with Tom more than any other actor [in the last film], because he was the only villain and there were six heroes. And he was as great as anyone I've ever worked with, and I get why people loved the character. But it's an 'Avengers' movie."

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