Thomas Kretschmann has been cast as one of the villains in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Marvel had no comment.
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Joss Whedon is directing the superhero sequel, which features James Spader as the main villain Ultron.
Kretchmann will play Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, a Nazi officer working for terrorist organization HYDRA who runs up against both Captain America (Chris Evans) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
Kretschmann’s notable credits include “King Kong” and “Wanted.” He has been in dozens of Hollywood movies but has never quite broken through in the States, though “Avengers” could represent his big break. He can currently be seen on NBC’s “Dracula.”
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He’s represented by attorney David Fox.