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James Spader, who has honed his skills playing jerks over the years, will play the titular villain in the Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Marvel announced today that the actor, who won a bunch of Emmys for appearing in The Practice and Boston Legal as Alan Shore, will play the big bad villain. Ultimately, it's still unclear how much of Spader's actual person the film will use since Ultron is, well, a robot. 

If NBC has anything to say about it, Spader's villainy will be well-known by the time the film opens in May 2015. The actor is currently starring in the heavily hyped The Blacklist, a network drama in which he plays a criminal who surrenders himself to the FBI. 

Spader's casting, as the New York Times' Dave Itzkoff points out, also means that this superhero flick will be a Brat Pack reunion of sorts, what with Robert Downey Jr. back as Iron Man. Spader and Downey Jr. starred together in Less Than Zero in 1987. Itzkoff tweeted: "Any roles for Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz in Avengers 2?" 

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