James Spader to play Ultron in the next ‘Avengers’

James SpaderJames Spader has been tapped to play Ultron the next time the “Avengers” assemble. The 80’s actor best known for such movies as Pretty in Pink, Less Than Zero, Sex, Lies, and Videotape and recently the TV show Boston Legal was announced to play the Marvel villain Thursday.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” will show a more humanized — but just as fearsome — villain, Whedon told Entertainment Weekly.

In the Marvel universe, Ultron is a sentient robot that has an incredibly wide range of abilities, coming equipped with super-speed, super-strength, flight, mind control and a coma ray, to name a few. Whedon’s Ultron won’t be quite as versatile, and the filmmaker is imagining a less robotic bad guy.

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” will debut on May 1, 2015. In the meantime, Spader will be on the small-screen as well: The three-time Emmy winner stars in NBC’s “The Blacklist,” which premieres September 23.