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    Edward Norton to play The Hulk

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    Edward Norton has been set by Marvel Studios to play Bruce Banner in "The Incredible Hulk."

    The Louis Leterrier-directed drama will be distributed by Universal Pictures, with an opening set for June 13, 2008.

    It is a decided return to the mainstream for Norton, who recently has starred in such indies as "Down in the Valley," "The Painted Veil," and "The Illusionist." Pic will shoot this summer in Toronto.

    Norton takes over a role played in the Ang Lee-directed "Hulk" by Eric Bana. Though that film opened strongly, it didnít fare as well as other Marvel efforts, including "Spider-Man," "X-Men," "Fantastic Four" and, most recently, "Ghost Rider."

    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."

    The script for "The Incredible Hulk" was written by Zak Penn, who had a hand in crafting two "X-Men" films, "Fantastic Four" and "Elektra" for Marvel.

    "The Incredible Hulk" is being produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Marvelís Feige. Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Ari Arad and Stan Lee are exec producing.

    Norton, who will next be seen starring with Colin Farrell in the Gavin OíConnor-directed New Line drama "Pride and Glory," is repped by Endeavor.
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    Re: Edward Norton to play The Hulk

    Step 1: Get as far from Ang Lee as possible. Check

    Step 2: Get writers who know what comic book fans want and stay as far away from Ang Lee as possible. Check.

    Step 3: Get great character actor to play Bruce Banner. Check.

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    Edward Norton wasn't the first person I thought of to play The Hulk, that's for sure, but he is a very good actor....
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    He's the best actor out there, IMO. I tell people that all the time. Damn good news.
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    Wow, from working in the sewers of Brooklyn to the Hulk. What a story
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    Re: Edward Norton to play The Hulk

    I assume he will be playing Bruce Banner and Brad Pitt will play his alter ego The Hulk.

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    Re: Edward Norton to play The Hulk

    Quote Originally Posted by MrCinatit View Post
    I assume he will be playing Bruce Banner and Brad Pitt will play his alter ego The Hulk.
    A Hulk movie in the same style as Fight Club would be cool -- lots of stupid violence and wicked humor.
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    Re: Edward Norton to play The Hulk

    I want another R rated Marvel flick. (I liked Punisher FWIW)
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    Loved Punisher. Good movie
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    Re: Edward Norton to play The Hulk

    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    I want another R rated Marvel flick. (I liked Punisher FWIW)
    Same here. Punisher was a good flick.

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    Re: Edward Norton to play The Hulk

    I just want a compelling villain for the Hulk to fight. No giant-craniumed "Leader" , but also no ridiculous gamma-irradiated poodles like the last movie. How about Abomination?
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    Re: Edward Norton to play The Hulk

    do not dis the poodle.

    I personally really liked the Hulk. But if you really want a good hulk story read Planet Hulk. WW Hulk looks good too.
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    Re: Edward Norton to play The Hulk

    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    I want another R rated Marvel flick. (I liked Punisher FWIW)
    Punisher was great. I had hoped they were making another one.

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    Re: Edward Norton to play The Hulk

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    A Hulk movie in the same style as Fight Club would be cool -- lots of stupid violence and wicked humor.
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    Re: Edward Norton to play The Hulk

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    I just want a compelling villain for the Hulk to fight. No giant-craniumed "Leader"
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