Paul Bettany has officially joined the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” cast ensemble as The Vision. The actor is better known as the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S, Tony Stark’s virtual assistant in the “Iron Man” movies. It seems that director Joss Whedon is throwing curveballs at the sequel since we were under the impression that the Vision will not be featured in “Avengers 2”. The last time we caught wind of any rumors that the Vision was being included in the sequel, Vin Diesel’s name popped up many times as the possible lead to take on the role, but was debunked eventually.
Whedon previously confirmed that Ultron will not have Hank Pym as its creator like in the comic book universe. Speaking to Total Film (via comicbookmovie.com) he explained:
“We’re not going to see Pym and all the accoutrements. Ultron is more central to the Avengers as they are. But we will explore the idea of lineage, because he was created by us and we’ve got to own that…”
“Pym and all the accoutrements” obviously doesn’t include Ulton’s history and conflicts with the Avengers. Ultron is the creator of the Vision, an android who betrayed his programming and helped “The Avengers” to defeat the mighty Ultron in the comic books. We will have to wait and see how everything is going to fit together, no storyline has been revealed yet.
Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders and Samuel L. Jackson will return for the sequel.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” also adds newcomers to the franshise: James Spader as Ultron, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Aaron Johnson as Quicksilver, Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker and Don Cheadle as Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes. Simon McBurney was rumored once to take on the role as the new Jarvis, not a computer voice Jarvis, but an actual Butler called Jarvis like in the comic books. The sequel is set to be released on May 1, 2015.
Additional source: hollywoodreporter.com