Paul Bettany joins ‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ cast

British actor will play The Vision in film

Paul Bettany has joined the cast of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, it has been revealed.

The British actor, who has starred in films including A Knight’s Tale, The Da Vinci Code and A Beautiful Mind, has already featured in a number of Marvel films before: he provides the voice of the computer system J.A.R.V.I.S in the Iron Man series of films and Joss Whedon’s first The Avengers film.

Now, according to Variety, Bettany has signed on to play The Vision – an android created by the film’s villain Ultron – in the superhero sequel. Marvel has set a release date of May 1, 2015 for the film, which will see original cast members Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L Jackson are all set to reprise their roles from the 2012 flick.

Speaking previously about The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Whedon said: “The model I’m always trying to build from, or my guiding star, is The Godfather: Part II, where a ton has happened in between and it’s a very different movie, but you don’t need any information.

“It’s there in the film about what’s happened since, what’s different, and why is this a different film; why is it a different kind of structure, and why is it darker? It’s all there, you’re in the vernacular of the first movie and you’re just ready to pick up in this new place, and hopefully that’s what will happen with my movie.”

Since its release in May 2012, The Avengers – a superhero ensemble movie uniting Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk – has become the third highest-grossing film of all time, taking over $1.5 billion (£930 million) at the box office worldwide.