‘Hulk’ goes Fight Club with Norton

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Didn’t see that one coming: Edward Norton is to star as the Hulk in the Louis Leterrier-directed film, set for release in ’08.

Marvel Studios, which has a $525 million credit facility obtained through Merrill Lynch, made “The Incredible Hulk” its second film under that arrangement, and seeks to make a sequel that is less self-serious and more in line with the comic series and TV show. Leterrier directed the action-filled “Transporter 2,” and “Unleashed.”

The new pic begins with Banner on the run, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into a misunderstood green menace.

“Edward Norton is a rare talent and one of the most versatile actors in the business,” Marvel Studios production president Kevin Feige said in a statement. “His ability to transform into a particular role makes him the ideal choice to take on the character of Bruce Banner and the Hulk. Edward is perfectly suited to bring one of the most popular and important Marvel icons to the bigscreen in a new and exciting way.”

Comments

  1. Norton would make an excellent Bruce banner! He reminds me more of an Ultimates bruce banner, so if they go with him, I hope they get darker from a psychological standpoint.

  2. Does anyone have the story on why Bana is out? Did he not want to do it, or was he too closely associated with the “failed” first movie, or was it something else?

    (Not that I mind – I think Norton is a perfect fit as Banner!)

  3. I read somewhere that Bana simply doesn’t want to do it.

    Gee, I was kinda hoping that they would ask David Duchovnoy to do it.

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    Coat

  4. sdunbier says:

    Too bad he and Salma Hayek broke up, she’d make a great She-Hulk!

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