The wait for the summer of 2015, in which virtually every major franchise will have a presence at the box office, occasionally seems like an agonizing one, especially if you feel particularly close with your 13-year-old self. So until then, we'll have to survive on a steady drip of news, interviews, and miscellanea. While talking about other projects, two cast members for one of the most hotly anticipated summer of 2015 behemoths, Joss Whedon's "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," spilled some slight details about the upcoming sequel.
James Spader, whose new NBC series "The Blacklist," was hugely popular during its first episode, will be playing the titular evil robot Ultron. While talking with The Inquirer (via Coming Soon), the actor said that, "I have spoken to Joss Whedon about it. And yes, actually, just this weekend I went in for them to take very extensive photographs, head scans, body scans, and all kinds of things in preparation for figuring out how the hell I'm gonna fit in this Ultron character!"
While the actor seems to be suggesting that he's going to be wearing some kind of suit for the Ultron character, we're pretty sure that the robot is going to be a motion capture creation, and that Spader will be on set, playing off the different actors.
While speaking to another outlet, The Independent, Spader added, "I think it'll be a lot of fun and it's incredibly nostalgic for me. When I was a kid my best friend had trunks of comics and I didn't have any so I used to love going for sleepovers at his house. Also I have three sons and two of them have a great interest in comics so they're excited I'm playing the role." Awww, he's doing it for the kids!
Not to be outdone, Scarlett Johnansson, while speaking with Darren Aronofsky for the October issue of Interview Magazine, was quizzed by the filmmaker about the upcoming superhero flick (she plays lethal mercenary the Black Widow). (Please keep in mind that Aronofsky is a longtime comic book fan and had been attached to direct "Batman: Year One," "Watchmen," and "The Wolverine" at one point or another.) ScarJo wasn't exactly forthcoming. "We'll be shooting that in January. I think we're taking it to the streets this time, I think we're going overseas."
If you're looking for more ScarJo/Black Widow stuff, she will serve an important role in next spring's "Captain America: Winter Soldier," which looks totally amazing (the footage we've seen gives off a kind of '70s conspiracy thriller vibe, with superheroes and exploding spaceships and stuff).