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'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' casts James Spader as Ultron

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James Spader has joined the cast of The Avengers: Age of Ultron as the blockbuster's main villain.

Spader will play Ultron, an AI with a robotic body and super-strength, in the Joss Whedon-directed sequel, Marvel has confirmed.

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Adi Granov's variant covers for 'Age of Ultron'

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The Emmy Award-winning actor can next be seen on NBC's The Blacklist in September. He recently appeared in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and had a recurring role as Robert California in The Office.

Whedon recently discussed his plans for Ultron in the sequel, saying that the character is "not a happy guy".

"I knew right away what I wanted to do with him," Whedon said. "He's always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he's got a bee in his bonnet.

"He's not a happy guy, which means he's an interesting guy. He's got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff."

The Avengers: Age of Ultron will open in cinemas on May 1, 2015.

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