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Kretschmann joins Avengers sequel

Actor Thomas Kretschmann has been cast as a villain in the upcoming Avengers sequel.

The 51-year-old star will play a nefarious character in the upcoming superhero blockbuster from Joss Whedon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Thomas has been cast as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, a foe to both Chris Evans' Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Kretschmann joins a host of new actors joining the sequel to 2012's smash hit Avengers - including - James Spader as titular villain Ultron and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as superpowered twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in May 2015.

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