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James Spader to play Ultron in Avengers sequel

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460-james-spader-174562499.jpgActor James Spader, seen speaking at a panel discussion for The Blacklist, will play Ultron in the sequel to Marvel's The Avengers. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Emmy Award-winning actor James Spader will take on the mantle of the Avengers' newest villain on the silver screen.

Marvel announced that Spader will play killer robot Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Spader is perhaps best known as attorney Alan Shore in The Practice and Boston Legal. The role won him three Emmy Awards. Sci-fi fans might recognize him from 1994's Stargate as Dr. Daniel Jackson. He recently appeared in Steve Spielberg's Lincoln and will star in NBC's upcoming drama The Blacklist.

Ultron is a sentient robot with murderous intent and incredible power in the Marvel Comics universe, who first appeared in Avengers #55 back in 1968. In the comics, Ultron went out of control after being built by Avenger Hank Pym, a.k.a. Ant-Man. 

Director Joss Whedon has said that while Ultron's origin in the film won't be the same, his murderous intent will remain intact.

 Ultron is a powerful sentient robot in the Marvel Comics universe. (Marvel) "He's always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he's got a bee in his bonnet," Whedon told Entertainment Weekly. "He's not a happy guy, which means he's an interesting guy."

As for Dr. Pym, he's currently slated to join the Marvel film universe in his own film, Ant-Man, directed by Edgar Wright.

Film buffs noted that this isn't the first time Robert Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark/Iron Man, and Spader starring in a film together. Spader played Rip, the drug dealer to Downey Jr.'s Julian Wells, way back in 1987's Less Than Zero.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for launch May 15, 2015.

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