Paul Bettany confirms Avengers casting

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 April 2014
Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany has confirmed he will star as the Vision in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', months after he was spotted meeting director Joss Whedon

Paul Bettany has confirmed his role in the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'.

The 42-year-old star was rumoured to star as the Vision in the sequel to 2012's hit film 'The Avengers' after he was spotted meeting with director Joss Whedon at Shepperton Studios, near London in February and although he remained coy about the film's plot he insisted his character can do "all sorts of things".

Talking on US chat show 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', he said: "He can do all sorts of things, but I'm not allowed to really talk about them and what we're going to do, because there might be a Marvel agent in the room who will actually wrestle me to the ground and fire me."

Bettany - who was catapulted to the spotlight in 2000's 'Gangster No. 1' - is thought to have had a number of costume, hair and make-up tests in a bid to emulate the Vision's extremely pale complexion.

He joins an all-star cast which includes Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth's (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) and Chris Evans (Captain America).

He previously voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. which is Tony Stark's artificially intelligent computer in 'The Avengers', and also voiced him in the three 'Iron Man' films.

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is tipped for a May 2015 release.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 21min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joss Whedon
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson
  • UK release: 23 April 2015

Ultron, an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark (Downey Jr) to keep the peace, goes rogue and decides to kill off the Avengers. Barely logical but impressively entertaining superhero fun; Johansson and Olsen are central to the action and Whedon's script is strong, snappy and irreverent, but it doesn't have much…

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