'Incredible' Casting: Norton Hulks Out
As directors already know, you won't like Norton when he gets angry
According to Variety, the Oscar nominated "Illusionist" and "American History X" star will play scientist Bruce Banner in the Universal-distributed comic book adaptation. Louis Leterrier ("Unleashed") is directing "The Incredible Hulk," which already has a June 13, 2008 release date.
Norton steps in for Eric Bana, who played Bruce Banner in Ang Lee's "Hulk." The new film isn't exactly a sequel to Lee's effort, but it picks up with Banner on the run, battling with the big green creature that lurks within. Zak Penn, a Marvel veteran from his work on the scripts for "Elektra," "Fantastic Four" and "X-Men," wrote the fresh "Hulk."
Marvel will begin production on "The Incredible Hulk" this summer in Toronto.
"Edward Norton is a rare talent and one of the most versatile actors in the business," Marvel Studios Production President Kevin Feige says 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 big screen in a new and exciting way."
Norton is no stranger to playing characters with barely repressed demons, tapping duality in films ranging from "Primal Fear" to "Fight Club." He'll next appear opposite Colin Farrell in "Pride and Glory" from New Line.