Paul Bettany will play The Vision in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron.’

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Paul Bettany has provided the voice of Jarvis for three Iron Man films, as well as The Avengers, and is expected to return for next year’s sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. But according to a new report, Bettany’s role will be much larger this time around, and he won’t be limited to voiceovers work. The Daily Mail has the details:

“Bettany and Jeremy Renner, who plays ace archer Hawkeye, were at Shepperton Studios just outside London this week, meeting with director Joss Whedon. They did a series of costume, hair and make-up tests and worked with stuntmen and armourers.”

So why does Bettany need the services of make-up artists and stuntmen? Because he’s reportedly playing The Vision, a classic Marvel character that many have assumed would eventually appear in the films – although it has long been rumored that Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson would evolve into the role.

While no official announcement has come down from the studio, Variety also reported the story shortly after The Daily Mail broke the news. And since the original incarnation of the character was created by Ultron, who is confirmed as the primary villain in the sequel, this would certainly make sense. I’m predicting that Ultron takes over the Jarvis A.I. and brings it to life as The Vision, which would make for a nice bit of synergy.

Until we hear otherwise from the folks at Marvel, we’re considering this one legit. The Avengers: Age of Ultron will open on May 1, 2015, with Joss Whedon returning to the director’s chair.

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