Paul Bettany is expanding his work in the Marvel universe, taking on a role beyond the voice of Iron Man's operating system JARVIS.
The Daily Mail reports that Bettany will play The Vision, an android hero in the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron".
In the comics, Ultron created The Vision as a weapon to be used against the Avengers. Vision, who can fire beams of radiation and turn invisible, ultimately turned the tables on Ultron and became an Avengers member himself.
Bettany and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) were at Shepperton Studios this week meeting with director Joss Whedon. Bettany was reportedly involved in "a series of costume, hair and make-up tests and worked with stuntmen and armourers".
Filming begins next month on locations in the UK and South Africa.