The news that James Spader would play Ultron in the upcoming Avengers sequel was about as well received as any casting news for a comic book film has any hope of being in the social media age. Still, the announcement did leave some wondering how exactly Spader would be playing the role. Would he simply be a voice actor or would the Emmy-winner be performing on set in some capacity? In an interview with Inquirer Entertainment, Spader puts the question to rest.
If James Spader couldn't play Ultron in Avengers: The Age of Ultron, no one could, according to director Joss Whedon.
The actor was Whedon's "first an only choice" for the role, he told Marvel's Web show The Watcher, which has got to make anyone else who auditioned for it feel like a real chump.