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Edward Norton is The Incredible Hulk
Signed up for rebirth of the franchise

16 April 2007  |  Written by   

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Well, we did not see this one coming. Edward Norton has signed to play The Incredible Hulk in the 'not actually a sequel but more of a prayer that you'll forget the first one, which was actually really good despite what everyone says'. The Incredible Hulk is set for release on June 13, 2008 and will be directed by Louis Letterier (The Transporter)

"Edward Norton is a rare talent," said Marvel Studios Production President of the new signing, "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".

Norton signing on the dotted line actually gives us a good feeling about this movie. We can't imagine he'd sign on simply for the cash, so hopefully this means that the script written by Zak Penn (X-Men 2 and 3) is a goody. Marvel will be very keen for this to hit, since it recently established itself as a production studio and will be looking for this and Iron Man to convince them they've made the right decision. The intent is to make the new film more fun and action packed, where The Hulk was more a familial drama which happened to feature a giant green baby and an odd villainous mushroom cloud. But we still liked it, even if the disappointing $254million worldwide gross means few others did.

So, can Hulk smash this time and deliver a new franchise to fill the hole that will likely be left by Spider-Man.


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RE: Edward Norton is The Incredible Hulk
Norton hears a Hulk   www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GYSPKFl-Mw More

Posted by Mason Verger at 15:18 on 20 March 2008 | Report This Post

Great actors and crap script choices
seriously, what's going on? Whilst Norton emphasised his talent in performances in films like primal fear, fight club, and American historyX his choices of late have been a bit weird - ok apparently he was contractually oblidged to appear in the poor Italian Job remake, but the Hulk?? I really hope I'm wrong but I think he'll be wasted on this film as well. More

Posted by HappyTaffy at 22:10 on 24 April 2007 | Report This Post

We all know the the transporter was utter cack. just to see letterier's name next to the hulk makes me slightly sick. i have a bad feeling about this. edward norton is a great choice there's no doubt about it, but the cgi and over-the-top action is surely going to distract the viewer from the actual character of bruce banner. zak penn could salvage this but as i said, i have a very bad feeling! More

Posted by Ash_G at 18:13 on 22 April 2007 | Report This Post

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Yep, could be Fear be lubully his obvious versatility will only add to the role.   And yeah, i'm quite a big fan of sertainly in his Top 5 performances. More

Posted by Art Vandelay at 15:30 on 22 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
I'm gonna seem like a pretentious prick now, but it's 'Primal Fear'.  Let's not forget his role as 'Worm in 'Rounders'.  Personally one of Ed's greatest performances for me.  I love that film!!!  ] NB:   May not have spelt pretentious right.    lol. More

Posted by wannabe at 10:57 on 22 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Edward Norton is The Incredible Hulk
L: topcat1967 well his rampage will be in the city, the sand and sea have already been done so the big question is whos the bad guy? Val Kilmer ( Grey Hulk) as i have been hearing. Im not a fan of the comic the reason is cause ive never read it so i dont know who would be the nemisis but thats my shout. Or even Mr Jolie who knows?? Fight Club 2 ? llain is going to be the abomination.avi arad has been saying that for a while now. More

Posted by darth silas at 01:11 on 22 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Can't stand the first film. I'll see this only and ause Norton is doing it. He's great! More

Posted by curtain twitcher at 15:53 on 21 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: The Incredible Hulk
L: krudler L: MCRfan Well, I'll admit, I'm more than a little surprised. I would never have seen Ed Norton as the next incarnation of the green giant himself. But I have the utmost confidence in his abilities as an actor and if anyone can bring new life to the Hulk, it'll be Mr. Norton. But there may be one problem, take a lot of CGI to make Edward Norton look buff and muscly... ummmmmmm,you do realise the hulk in the first movie was ENTIRELY cgi right? that aint eric bana More

Posted by Kazuya at 15:49 on 21 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: The Incredible Hulk
L: MCRfan Well, I'll admit, I'm more than a little surprised. I would never have seen Ed Norton as the next incarnation of the green giant himself. But I have the utmost confidence in his abilities as an actor and if anyone can bring new life to the Hulk, it'll be Mr. Norton. But there may be one problem, take a lot of CGI to make Edward Norton look buff and muscly... ummmmmmm,you do realise the hulk in the first movie was ENTIRELY cgi right? that aint eric bana More

Posted by krudler at 19:46 on 20 April 2007 | Report This Post

A first thought
they tried to impose Bama's face on Hulk the first one and said it didnt work if they do that will Norton, is it just me or does anyone else think hulk will end up looking like Creep-pea the villian from the kids show the poddington peas? More

Posted by fakeshemp at 13:28 on 20 April 2007 | Report This Post

Norton as Banner
pleased to see banner go to norton? yes. unhappy that bana got booted? yes. unhappy that ang lee isn't directing and instead its gone to an action movie director who probably wont concentrate on character development? yes. Marvel a complete set of to**ers? yes More

Posted by fakeshemp at 13:21 on 20 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Edward Norton is The Incredible Hulk
I'm actually interested in seeing this now, bring it on. More

Posted by barnaby jones at 10:25 on 20 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Edward Norton is The Incredible Hulk
] This is Horrific news to learn that Edward Norton will play such a role, as his previous roles include charismatic roles Not some Strong MAN turning into green. i say get back BANNA More

Posted by szumowj at 08:49 on 20 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Edward Norton is The Incredible Hulk
well his rampage will be in the city, the sand and sea have already been done so the big question is whos the bad guy? Val Kilmer ( Grey Hulk) as i have been hearing. Im not a fan of the comic the reason is cause ive never read it so i dont know who would be the nemisis but thats my shout. Or even Mr Jolie who knows??   Fight Club 2 ? More

Posted by topcat1967 at 04:08 on 20 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Edward Norton is The Incredible Hulk
Fuck yeah, this is just superb casting, first the inspired choice of Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, and now this? Good show Marvel. My expectations for The Incredible Hulk were very low, since everything leading up to this has indicated that the film would be nothing more than a dumber,louder, more action filled version of Ang Lee's film, which I really liked. Thank you Marvel, if you had cast that Henry Rollins look-a-like from Prison Break as the gamma powered hurricane/arrogant and super-intel More

Posted by Kazuya at 11:41 on 19 April 2007 | Report This Post

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Very interesting choice. I think he will do wonders for the film but I just can't imagine him as The Hulk!! It just seems wierd!! When I told my friend, who loves Edward Norton, She didn't believe me! More

Posted by dvdking at 22:13 on 18 April 2007 | Report This Post

I think this could be good. Norton has given three of the outstanding performances of his generation (American History X, Fight CLub, Primal Evil) and coupled wiht the director this could be an interesting project. Rock on. More

Posted by LustForLeith at 21:54 on 18 April 2007 | Report This Post

You Won't Like Me When I'm Angry
I was well shocked by the news that Ed Norton is going to be the new jolly green giant, I was still hoping Eric Bana would come back. Although this is good news as I still wasn't sold on the idea after I heard who was going to direct so hopefully I will be proved wrong. One last point....I agree with EMPIRE in saying the The Hulk was a really good film if a bit too deep for a coimc book action film, but hey at least it was different and don't forget the really cool editing!! More

Posted by His Dudeness at 19:39 on 18 April 2007 | Report This Post

interesting....
i have never been that inerested in the incredible Hulk as a character, Let's face it, at the end of the day he's just this ude that get angry, turns green and smashes stuff up! I find the choice of casting Edward Norton a suprising one- he's a fantastic actor of many talents.. in my eyes, anyway. He is particularly good when he brings sinister sides to his character- we've seen him as the main protagonist in Fight club but he wasn't neccesarily the "hero"... I'll be interested to se More

Posted by Littlewingz at 17:49 on 18 April 2007 | Report This Post

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im looking forward to this now. More

Posted by zombiemaster at 12:54 on 18 April 2007 | Report This Post

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personally i'm more excited about the fact that louis letterier is directing rather than that ed norton is starring. Although Norton is obviously great news. More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 10:53 on 18 April 2007 | Report This Post

Sounds alright, as long as they don't let ILM screw up the effects again. Give WETA a go. More

Posted by badsanta at 08:32 on 18 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Oh yes!
L: alphabet Along with Jon Favreau's decision to cast Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, these are the 2 most exciting pieces of casting not only in comic book movies but any movies at the moment. I'm hoping this means that DC's phenomenal Batman Begins & Superman Returns have influenced Marvel to really step their game up, and I'm officially more excited about The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man now than I am about Spider-Man 3. What does the decision to cast Norton as Banner mea More

Posted by darth silas at 01:38 on 18 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: brilliant...
sting descision is really surprising. Norton is a great actor, but I never pictured him as a Banner character. I know him for smart, refined films and not a superhero flick.p; Snob!  And the same could have been said about Bale before Batman, or Spacey before Superman.  Didn't do them any harm.  Quite the opposite. More

Posted by Caster at 22:42 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

brilliant...
but less than inspired directorial choice ... we'll see I guess ... I hope it's not all action ... More

Posted by Mad_Man_Moon at 19:25 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

Oh yes!
Along with Jon Favreau's decision to cast Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, these are the 2 most exciting pieces of casting not only in comic book movies but any movies at the moment. I'm hoping this means that DC's phenomenal Batman Begins & Superman Returns have influenced Marvel to really step their game up, and I'm officially more excited about The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man now than I am about Spider-Man 3. What does the decision to cast Norton as Banner mean? It's an odd one in More

Posted by alphabet at 15:38 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Great casting
Could be that Ang Lees Hulk will be too fresh in some peoples minds for the new version to work or be a success , lets hope not now that the mighty Norton is on board . More

Posted by Beno at 14:05 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

Great casting
Ed Norton is a great actor and choses roles carefully, he even passed on the daredevil role which turned out shite, lets hope we can have a super hero film without the heavy rock soundtracks. More

Posted by PAUL_FOX at 13:28 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Faith Re-established
I have mixed feelings about this. I liked the first film and would have liked Bana to return but Ed Norton is an good actor also. This is a lot better than the rumour that David Duchovney was gonna take over the role in a straight to DVD movie. But they MUST get Jennifer Connelly back! She's a fantastic actress and all the emotional weight is on her shoulders when the Hulk is on screen. Jessica Biel would be a piss-poor replacement. These two women are just not co More

Posted by jimbo909 at 12:41 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Faith Re-established
No..... Jennifer Connolly must return as Betty! More

Posted by jimbojofre at 11:25 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Faith Re-established
I vote for Jessica Biel or Naomi Watts for the role of Betty!!!!   ] More

Posted by wannabe at 11:03 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Faith Re-established
oint, the first film is an amazing film. Period.t="trebuchet ms"] om the outset sounded like a step backwards from Lee's vision which he got spot on frankly.t="trebuchet ms"] Ed Norton to the mix is whilst great news from an acting perspective (should have been Dent, but that's another story....) but this concept, story and realisation is beyond the director's ability and why would you want to have to go back and tell a story that people (fans and no-fans alike from the first film) know about More

Posted by JIm R at 10:40 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Faith Re-established
I am a huge fan of Ed Norton but if i am honest this news drew a single reaction from me, total miscast. One of the perceived problems with the first one (i actually liked it mind you) was it was less of a Superhero movie and more of an examination of the id and was probably too introspective.......so what does the stuidio do?....cast Edward Norton !....I am not saying that just because it was criticised the Hulk sequel should be braindead but a bit more spectactle would be nice.   More

Posted by Keyser Sozzled at 10:32 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

Faith Re-established
I think this announcement has taken everyone by surprise. I was a fan of the first film and Eric Bana but it was a bit slow paced and serious for a comic book adaption. Bit disappointed Bana never returned but the news about Norton signing on has lessened the blow. The Hulk has the potential to blow everyone away if they get the story right and the fact Norton has signed on the dotted line might just mean they have a script, which excites him. It could have been much worse....Jason Statham " More

Posted by lycanthrope at 10:02 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: The Mighty Quotes like these these should add to how he's doing the movie because he actually sees something in it and not for the money: 'm not interested in making movies for everybody. I like making movies for myself and my friends and people with my sensibility." ecause you've made a couple movies, you've done some good movies, you've been nominated for some Academy #003399]Awards, whatever, nobody's entitled. It's a business. If they don't see it, I can think they're wrong, bu More

Posted by Art Vandelay at 03:27 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Art Vandelay L: The Mighty L: Art Vandelay Can't believe this! Really enjoyed the last ] movie and with Nortonmy favourite actor and the best of his generation )ticipation for this has severely increased. The only shock is that he's actually signed up for this. He's never been one for big Hollywood movies alian Job was in his contract)r him to join, he must have quite a bit of faith in both the script and even the director. And if you've read about what susly said ab More

Posted by The Mighty at 01:17 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: The Mighty L: Art Vandelay Can't believe this! Really enjoyed the last ] movie and with Nortonmy favourite actor and the best of his generation )ticipation for this has severely increased. The only shock is that he's actually signed up for this. He's never been one for big Hollywood movies alian Job was in his contract)r him to join, he must have quite a bit of faith in both the script and even the director. And if you've read about what susly said about being payed to do More

Posted by Art Vandelay at 01:05 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
He had some bad shrimp.  He's ok now. More

Posted by Caster at 00:03 on 17 April 2007 | Report This Post

You just reminded me
After having a think i cant say im that surprised. This movies fallen off the radar somewhat with the glut of comic book movies being churned out but like IRON MAN and DARK KNIGHT the casting feels inspired. Just when i started to forget about it theyve given me a reason to keep it very much in mind. Could be Nortons biggest role and thats just if he does one. Plus anyone doubting his range or rage should get American History X off your shelf and watch it now! Come on....as long as Louis d More

Posted by Slysaac at 23:42 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Art Vandelay Can't believe this! Really enjoyed the last ] movie and with Nortonmy favourite actor and the best of his generation .)ticipation for this has severely increased. The only shock is that he's actually signed up for this. He's never been one for big Hollywood movies alian Job was in his contract)r him to join, he must have quite a bit of faith in both the script and even the director. And if you've read about what susly said about being payed to do movies, it's cert More

Posted by The Mighty at 22:36 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Actors film
Ed Norton is a great actor but not really your action film type. Strange that this is exciting those that disliked Ang Lee's film which was a good character driven film with decent acting leads. Admittedly the ending was a bit off. More

Posted by docc at 21:40 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

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The first one was poo inducing pants! This could be great because Edward Norton is a superb actor...   A film that I wasn't going to watch and now i'm excited about it! Yeah! More

Posted by theoriginalcynic at 21:13 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

i cant actually believe this. this is certainly the most shocked i've been at movie news for a while. before this i hadn't cared at all about this new film and had really believed it was likely to bomb. like empire says, an actor as good as edward norton won't be doing this for the money, and i assume that the script must be really good. i'm still not sure how this is going to work, but this is definitely positive news. by the way, i still don't understand people's dislike of Ang Lee's film. But More

Posted by dave89 at 20:12 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

I actually wanted this movie to suck as soon as i realized what the studio was planning for this one:Take one of the most original and ambitious hero flicks ever made and dillute it to the simple term "Hulk Smash".They should do what they are doing to films like Spawn or Dredevil,not Ang Lee's Hulk.But the casting of Norton makes it hard to want the movie to fail,it's actually pretty stupid and mean to want that but these Studio execs make me kind of mad. Still think the first one was More

Posted by rams at 19:46 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

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Interesting choice... I guess it's posetive news More

Posted by rich at 19:41 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
This casting descision is really surprising. Norton is a great actor, but I never pictured him as a Banner character.   I know him for smart, refined films like 25th Hour and not a superhero flick.       I also think the redo is totally unfounded, the first one was fine, and I hate people attacking it for being too smart, too arty, too character driven- GOD we cant have a superhero film with any of THOSE qualities can we?   If you want to r More

Posted by MohadGlub at 17:40 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

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That picture of Ed Norton was green earlier. What happened did he calm down or something? More

Posted by bobson13 at 17:36 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

As long as its more 'HULK SMASH' than 'HULK STROP' it should be ok. Does need a action director this time round rather than the art school approach last time. What was with that ending???? More

Posted by asw at 17:20 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Norton As Banner
't suppose he thinks Ang Lee's doing the sequel and no-one's told him it's really being directed by The Transporter guy? p; "Hi Edward, ok on your first day I want you to take on five guys covered in motor oil" "No problem.  Who are you?" "I'm zee director." "This is a i]?" More

Posted by Caster at 16:29 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Norton As Banner
You don't suppose he thinks Ang Lee's doing the sequel and no-one's told him it's really being directed by The Transporter guy? More

Posted by Biggus at 16:25 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

That's a sigh of relief for his bank manager. More

Posted by shanyi at 16:25 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Blimey!!!
Didn't see that one coming!!!! More

Posted by coomi01 at 16:20 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

TOTAL FILM! TOTAL FILM! TOTAL FILM!
Edward Nortan bitch-slapped TOTAL FILM. "Hi Edward... which recent movies did you like?" "Oh I loved BATMAN BEGINS... I may do the sequel... OY! EMPIRE! I'M REALLY DOING THE INCREDIBLE FUCKIN' HULK!" More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 16:16 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Can't believe this! Really enjoyed the last ] movie and with Nortonmy favourite actor and the best of his generation .)ticipation for this has severely increased. The only shock is that he's actually signed up for this. He's never been one for big Hollywood movies alian Job was in his contract)r him to join, he must have quite a bit of faith in both the script and even the director.   And if you've read about what susly said about being payed to do movies, it's certainly not a big fac More

Posted by Art Vandelay at 16:12 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
The Score, 2 reasons to be in that film: 1 Marlon Brando 2: Robert DeNiro And The Italian Job 2 words: Contractually Obliged!   But yeah ur right they where both pretty poo! More

Posted by wes clough at 15:48 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: The Incredible Hulk
I can't believe he passed on The Dark Knight, but acceapted this. Despite what Empire says, this reeks of "I'm doing it for the money". I'm not bashing the film, but come on, seriously, if you were an actor and you had the choice of working with someone like Nolan who made films like Memento, Batman Begins, and The Prestige, or someone like Leterrier who made such films as Transporter 1 and 2 and Unleashed. Who would you choose? More

Posted by BatFan at 15:47 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: The Incredible Hulk
Check out American History X, He's built like a brick Sh*t House! More

Posted by wes clough at 15:41 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

The, ?, What, F*ck
Up Mixed words, properly speak cant! Hulk Ang Lee Good, Expected shit be to this! Eric Bana wanted but Ed Norton got we! stick in this film Avi Arads poop shoot, not if a sequal proper! Conflicted like Ed Norton do I feel and I about this its as gone from no no no to yese yes maybe! More

Posted by wes clough at 15:36 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Bana was good in the role, it was the film that let him down (although it wasn't that bad) Why couldn't they bring him back? He's not that big a star yet. More

Posted by steveg66 at 15:22 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Casting as perfect Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man...
L: kumar Quite an inspired choice, very much like Robert Downey, but unlike Iron Man, Loius Leterrier takes all the "upmfh" out of it. im still not convinced. Lee's cinematograpghy of zooming in and out of frames was shit, but i would much prefer him to come back rather than some fool who directs movies suitable for DTV. im gutted about all this "ignoring the first one" too; its  not a bad film! sp; Am I the only one not convinced of the casting of Robert Downey Jr in I More

Posted by Biggus at 15:20 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Casting as perfect Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man...
Quite an inspired choice, very much like Robert Downey, but unlike Iron Man, Loius Leterrier takes all the "upmfh" out of it. im still not convinced. Lee's cinematograpghy of   zooming in and out of frames was shit, but i would much prefer him to come back rather than some fool who directs movies suitable for DTV. im gutted about all this "ignoring the   first one" too; its  not a bad film! More

Posted by kumar at 15:13 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Casting as perfect Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man...
... suddenly I have to see The Incredible Hulk the day it comes out. "People were always asking if I knew the Incredible Hulk"... More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 14:57 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

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Fecking hell!  They got The Norton?!  I am seriously intrigued by this, and I realy liked the first movie.  (strokes chin thoughtfully) More

Posted by Caster at 14:54 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: What?
Ah what happened to Ed's green face on the homepage? Put it back!! Did it not look professinoal enough? More

Posted by talpacino at 14:48 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: What?
Well i'm surprised. But i also think that this could be very promising. Norton could be perfect for it to be honest. I wonder how they'll do The actual Hulk though if they are trying to pretend it never happened. More

Posted by Rhubarb at 14:48 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

What?
So no Hulk Poodle then? More

Posted by papalazarou at 14:14 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: darth silas really,really disappointed that marvel are goiing to pretend the first movie never happened.i really liked hulk and thought bana was a great bruce banner.why couldnt they just make an action packed sequel with bana reprising his role? however,edward norton is a fantastic actor so i might be willing to get over my disappointment and give this new version a chance.i just hope they dont make the hulk grey as has been rumored. NOT GREY PUNY WRITERS!!! uote]   More

Posted by Biggus at 13:43 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

meh
I personally would rather have Bana, but Ed Norton is a great second choice, so glad it wasnt Adrian Brody great actor and all just not Bruce. More

Posted by man_o_steel at 13:27 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

The Incredible Hulk
Well, I'll admit, I'm more than a little surprised. I would never have seen Ed Norton as the next incarnation of the green giant himself. But I have the utmost confidence in his abilities as an actor and if anyone can bring new life to the Hulk, it'll be Mr. Norton. But there may be one problem, it may take a lot of CGI to make Edward Norton look buff and muscly... More

Posted by MCRfan at 13:26 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

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really,really disappointed that marvel are goiing to pretend the first movie never happened.i really liked hulk and thought bana was a great bruce banner.why couldnt they just make an action packed sequel with bana reprising his role? however,edward norton is a fantastic actor so i might be willing to get over my disappointment and give this new version a chance.i just hope they dont make the hulk grey as has been rumored. HULK NOT GREY PUNY WRITERS!!! More

Posted by darth silas at 13:13 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Intriguing... More

Posted by taz_e at 12:13 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: yeesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!
This is great new but we have to remember; It's still being directed by the director of The Transporter. It's still being written by the writter of Fantastic 4, Elektra, and X-Men 3. I don't understand why Marvel is being so quick to write off Ang Lee's Hulk. It was a great film, and was only made in 2003. This must be the quickest restart in the history of cinema. Either make a sequel, or give it a few years so the orginal isn't still fresh in our minds. And if you can get someone like E More

Posted by The Mighty at 11:55 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I liked Lee's Hulk well enough although it made a few missteps for me: I was annoyed by the flashy "comic-book" editing style, which was too "look-at-me-mum" for it's own good and pulled you out the film every time it happened; I thought the accident they used to give Banner his powers was dull in the extreme (you can't beat that Jack Kirby image of a man framed against the sky before a blossoming mushroom cloud - the tension and spectacle in that sequence! Instead we got Bana just standin More

Posted by lisamoorish at 11:54 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

yeesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!
NO FUCKING WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i actually screamed that on a train full of people while checking out the website! BEST.CASTING.EVER. I heard he was rumoured to play angel in X3 (but obviously read the script and saw who was directing) But yeh, cannot actually wait for this now! As long as its got a good director i cant wait, i personally thought the first huilk was a good film and worked as a hulk movie, it had all the complexity of teh comics and great acting and pecial effects (i watched it the More

Posted by clarkkent at 11:35 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
The most mindboggling unbelievable movie news ever. Norton borders on almost too-good casting. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 11:28 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

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L: The Hooded Man Eh .. The Score and The Italian Job didn't exactly have solid scripts. You're right as far as The Score goes. But in the case of The Italian Job, Norton did the movie in order to fulfill his contractual obligations to the studio and that was probably the best choice at the time... More

Posted by The Jackal at 11:18 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

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suprising choice and one that has lifted the film from might see to must see. Will be very interested to see Norton's take on the character. More

Posted by stuieboy at 11:08 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

sounds good to me i did however really enjoy angs version of the hulk i thought it was great but im no critic anyways good luck to norton i say. but lets face it its not going to a batman or spiderman on the success scale is it i feel like there fighting a loosing battle with this reimagining but then i don't really like marvel More

Posted by ilovekaren at 10:57 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Eh .. The Score and The Italian Job didn't exactly have solid scripts. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 10:51 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

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Well like Empire siad, I didn't see this coming. Very cool and interesting choice but chud.com made a good point; Norton loves to be involved with stuff on set he mabe shouldn't, case in point American History X. WHule that film is a classic, he did fuck the director over by the sound of it. The script would have to be really solid for him to agree to star, I assume, but I hope he doesn't try to meddle with it. God Norton as a CGI Hulk? It's going to be a surreal one, that's for sure. More

Posted by badassmofo at 10:49 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: HULK CLUB!
A good choice of that there is no doubt. But why sign a great actor but hire a third rate director? Makes little sense. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 10:49 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

this is brilliant. though i'm suprised Norton wants to work with the director of Danny The Dog More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:46 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: HULK CLUB!
Wasn't there a rumour that Norton had passed on The Joker in The Dark Knight? But he will do this?! Er..... reat casting, might give the film a lift. Still strange that they are re-booting a franchise after just one movie! More

Posted by pablohoolio at 10:35 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

HULK CLUB!
I am Bruce's inner rage!First rule of Hulk club - YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT THE FIRST ONE!Second rule of Hulk club - YOU - DO - NOT - TALK - ABOUT - THE - FIRST - ONE!!! (Only fibbing,i liked it really!) More

Posted by ADRIAN MOORE at 10:04 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: YES YES YES!
Edward Norton...great choice.  The director of the 'Transporter' though...worrying.  Let's hope he sits back and let Nortons acting do the talking. First Robert Downey Jnr as Iron Man...now this.  Looks like the real superhereos are just avarage males...who can act!!!] More

Posted by wannabe at 09:59 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: YES YES YES!
L: UGonnaBarkAllDayDog? I'm teaching a class of year 11 media students and at the moment they're asking me what I'm smiling about!!! HULK SMASHING! sp; More

Posted by Biggus at 09:54 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

I am Jack's raging alter ego More

Posted by dunkah at 09:53 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

YES YES YES!
I'm teaching a class of year 11 media students and at the moment they're asking me what I'm smiling about!!! HULK SMASHING! More

Posted by UGonnaBarkAllDayDog? at 09:50 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Yes, yes, yes
I'm really impressed so far with Marvel. They've really gone all out with hiring some great talent for their first two films as a production co. Edward Norton has always been one of my faves ever since I saw him in Primal Fear. I'm also a big fan of the first Hulk film and a fan of Unleashed but not very impressed with Transporter 2. So a bit of a mixed bag. I'll reserve judgement until I've seen it. More

Posted by shazam at 09:46 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Ed Norton COOL
Actor will do the best he can, which is usually pretty good. It's the Director that worries me, Louis Letterier!!!, The transporter was toilet. Oh well we'll see More

Posted by ruddiger at 09:45 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Almost fell off my seat when I saw thet Norton was down for the role of Banner / Hulk, but an interesting choice, well I reckon he could pull it off... and as much as I didn't like the other Hulk movie, Bana was good, and it would have been interesting to see if he could have revived the role of the Hulk but under a differant director. More

Posted by Samuelpoet at 09:43 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Pearls before swine.
It's about the director not the actor. Ang Lee's film was far more cerebral than the usual comic book fare. I guess the majority of audiences want mindless action though. Sigh. More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams at 09:39 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

He can't look any less interested than what Bana did. Hopefully it will make me forget about the first one More

Posted by KennyM at 09:32 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Brilliant news!
Edward Norton....GREAT CHOICE More

Posted by sl500 at 09:29 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Surprise!
Really surprised when I saw the headline, but in a good way. Especially considering the previous rumours, stratham, purcell, etc, Norton will ensure it's not a B-movie follow up! I reckon it'll push up the votes on the Empire poll too! More

Posted by Mr Grizzly at 09:29 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Brilliant news!
I actually embarassed myself by just saying "Alright!" really loudly in the office when I read this. I wasn't looking forward to this, because I liked the first film and I wanted Bana to return, but Norton's casting suggests this could turn out really interesting. More

Posted by britesparc at 09:22 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

have to say this is a surprise!!! but a good surpirse!! sounds like alomost as genius casting as The Iron Man lead! My curiosity has certainly risen!! More

Posted by sagent33 at 09:08 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Blimey...
.... how on earth did they manage to persuade him, still, officially interested now, i enjoyed the last film, even if it was a bit, odd, be good to see a 2.5 hour smash-a-thon, with Norton giving it some gravitas at the same time. More

Posted by EvilEye at 09:07 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Wow!
that Louis Leterrier is worrying me. ive seen the transporter and unleashed and they were both toss. not keen on that at all even if i like Norton. More

Posted by boove at 09:05 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

Wow!
What casting bullseye! This is great news I love Ed and his work ethic will bring something different to the character. Can't wait now Marvel you've done it again. Bring it own! More

Posted by Moronifighter at 09:03 on 16 April 2007 | Report This Post

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