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04.16.2007by:

I honestly thought that this was a belated April Fool's joke when it arrived in my inbox, but holy shit, Batman...Edward Norton will be starring as the Hulk in the next HULK movie directed by Louis Leterrier, the stylish director of the TRANSPORTER flicks, as well as the underrated UNLEASHED (aka DANNY THE DOG). The film, titled THE INCREDIBLE HULK, will start shooting this summer in Toronto, Canada (we're Canadian, Universal...help us, help you!) with a release date for June 13, 2008. My favorite Marvel character has always been the HULK, and I guess I'm one of the few people in the world who actually enjoyed Ang Lee's version as well (although I usually stop the DVD right before the final 10 minutes, when Nolte kinda ruins it).

The sequel, which is said to be "less serious and more in line with the comic series and TV show" (Hulk smash!!) seems an odd choice for Norton, but I for one, am all for it! He's one of the best actors of his generation and I hope that his addition to the film helps catapult it to an even greater level. I think we all remember how awesome Norton was as a badass in AMERICAN HISTORY X, right? C'mon Leterrier, make the HULK smash someone's face into a sidewalk with his foot, man...an homage. Sorry folks, just getting a little excited here. So what do you all think of this bit of casting

Extra Tidbit: Not only is Edward Norton the Hulk, but he also dated actress Salma Hayek for about 4 years. F*ck me, dude.
Source: Variety

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8:49PM on 05/30/2008

American Gladiators NEw HUlk Episode

Check out the American Gladiators Hulk Themed show on Monday june 9th they will also have an exclusive video trailer from the movie
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7:23AM on 04/21/2007

Grey Hulk!!!!

Superherohype.com has posted this info... I pasted it for all of you.

The New HULK Movie will have a GREY Hulk!
Over the last few days I’ve attended a few junkets and seen a lot of movies. While I have a ton to post and write up, this bit of news has to be posted right now.


At the Spiderman 3 junket earlier today I was able to ask Avi Arad some questions about the new Hulk movie and he basically let it slip that the new Hulk will be GREY, not green.



Frosty: With the Hulk
Superherohype.com has posted this info... I pasted it for all of you.

The New HULK Movie will have a GREY Hulk!
Over the last few days I’ve attended a few junkets and seen a lot of movies. While I have a ton to post and write up, this bit of news has to be posted right now.


At the Spiderman 3 junket earlier today I was able to ask Avi Arad some questions about the new Hulk movie and he basically let it slip that the new Hulk will be GREY, not green.



Frosty: With the Hulk coming next year you have to be far along with the script and I’m curious what can you tell us about the story and are you going to incorporate any of the CGI that you developed for the first film or the effects?



Avi: None. No. It's a new Hulk, new direction, new size, new color, new attitude. Anything that was done before is not in this movie. It's a very different kind of Hulk. It's more of a love story; it's more of a heroic Hulk. It's a kind of Hulk we loved in the show, so it's kind of more influenced by the show than anything else. It's very human, very touching, and huge action. Louis Leterrier has a unique filming style that will be great here and it’s going to be spectacular.



Frosty: Any truth to a grey Hulk?



(When I asked that question he seemed almost taken aback, like he wasn’t ready for it even though he had just said “new color”) Then, after a pause, he said, “We’ll see, I don’t know.”

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3:00AM on 04/21/2007

SPEECHLESS

It's like the producers asked me, "Name any actor to star in HULK 2 and we'll see if he'll agree" and I jokingly say, "Ed Norton is my favorite actor, so him" and then they call me back 2 weeks later and say, "Guess what? Ed Norton is our Hulk!" and I'm like, "Whoa, really. I didn't think you guys were for real, but awesome!"
It's like the producers asked me, "Name any actor to star in HULK 2 and we'll see if he'll agree" and I jokingly say, "Ed Norton is my favorite actor, so him" and then they call me back 2 weeks later and say, "Guess what? Ed Norton is our Hulk!" and I'm like, "Whoa, really. I didn't think you guys were for real, but awesome!"
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11:05PM on 04/16/2007

supercool!

rrrrrrrrrrrad! This is awesome! I did not hate the first one like every single person ever but shit, part 2 has to be good right? You just cant go wrong with Ed,right?
rrrrrrrrrrrad! This is awesome! I did not hate the first one like every single person ever but shit, part 2 has to be good right? You just cant go wrong with Ed,right?
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10:32PM on 04/16/2007
For some strange reason, that's perfect. I think I still would've preferred David Duchovny, but that's still a close second.
For some strange reason, that's perfect. I think I still would've preferred David Duchovny, but that's still a close second.
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10:11PM on 04/16/2007

Gonna go with vini's answer when I say...

this is definitely the first strangest movie news i've heard so far this year. But I like it. Hope to see him at Comic-Con talking about it!
this is definitely the first strangest movie news i've heard so far this year. But I like it. Hope to see him at Comic-Con talking about it!
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6:39PM on 04/16/2007
Great minds think alike Jo. Hulk is my favorite MARVEL character too, right before SPIDEY. Shame his comics nowadays suck elephant cock. I enjoyed Lee's HULK as well, one of the few who did. I thought it took much undeserved flack. It was a hell of alot better than PUNISHER, DAREDEVIL,& GHOST RIDER. Honestly, I liked it better than the first SPIDERMAN! HA!What do you think about that? Nothing? Ok fine.

As far as Norton being the HULK, I'm kinda up in the air about it, just for the reason
Great minds think alike Jo. Hulk is my favorite MARVEL character too, right before SPIDEY. Shame his comics nowadays suck elephant cock. I enjoyed Lee's HULK as well, one of the few who did. I thought it took much undeserved flack. It was a hell of alot better than PUNISHER, DAREDEVIL,& GHOST RIDER. Honestly, I liked it better than the first SPIDERMAN! HA!What do you think about that? Nothing? Ok fine.

As far as Norton being the HULK, I'm kinda up in the air about it, just for the reason that there won't be that continuity there. He's an excellent actor (check out THE SCORE, another underrated flick) but I would have liked to see Bana back. So what about Jen Connelly and Sam Elliot?
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6:38PM on 04/16/2007

Wow

That is fucking incredible! Oh my god! I was cool with I heard about Louis directing it....but now I'm happy as hell Norton is playing Bruce! And yes I enjoyed Ang Lee's Hulk and American History X is classic! Great casting news!
That is fucking incredible! Oh my god! I was cool with I heard about Louis directing it....but now I'm happy as hell Norton is playing Bruce! And yes I enjoyed Ang Lee's Hulk and American History X is classic! Great casting news!
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5:04PM on 04/16/2007

OMG!!! RU SERIOUS?

i can honestly see him becoming real angry!. lol. i think its a great choice...he'll act the hell outta Bruce Banner. He'll pick up exactly where Bana left off. I also am a fan of the Hulk (Ang Lee's version)...so i cant freakin wait either. I think we should rename 2008 to...Marvel year.
i can honestly see him becoming real angry!. lol. i think its a great choice...he'll act the hell outta Bruce Banner. He'll pick up exactly where Bana left off. I also am a fan of the Hulk (Ang Lee's version)...so i cant freakin wait either. I think we should rename 2008 to...Marvel year.
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4:29PM on 04/16/2007

wth?

I can't see it at this moment, Bana was a better Hulk, but we'll see when Norton's all done up in makeup....

But seriously, I'd like them to go with lesser known people for these roles, I think Superman Returns did a good job casting a nobody, it just seems more natural than seeing your favorite celebrity also become your childhood hero.
I can't see it at this moment, Bana was a better Hulk, but we'll see when Norton's all done up in makeup....

But seriously, I'd like them to go with lesser known people for these roles, I think Superman Returns did a good job casting a nobody, it just seems more natural than seeing your favorite celebrity also become your childhood hero.
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3:21PM on 04/16/2007
I like Norton, but he really doesn’t seem right for this kind of movie. I know a lot of people out there have wanted him to play in a Superhero movie since forever (only God knows why), but I just think the guy is a pretty one note actor. He plays the same character in almost every movie.
I like Norton, but he really doesn’t seem right for this kind of movie. I know a lot of people out there have wanted him to play in a Superhero movie since forever (only God knows why), but I just think the guy is a pretty one note actor. He plays the same character in almost every movie.
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2:58PM on 04/16/2007

Nice

Now I may be on of about 10 people who actually loves the first HULK flick...I thought that Eric Bana did a remarkable job and is extremely good in whatever he does...THis is strange to see Edward Norton taking such a mainsteam movie. Universal might have Norton in a contractual obligation where he has to make this movie, just as he did with the ITalian Job. But even so I think that this news is great news.
Now I may be on of about 10 people who actually loves the first HULK flick...I thought that Eric Bana did a remarkable job and is extremely good in whatever he does...THis is strange to see Edward Norton taking such a mainsteam movie. Universal might have Norton in a contractual obligation where he has to make this movie, just as he did with the ITalian Job. But even so I think that this news is great news.
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1:32PM on 04/16/2007

Wow

I HATED the first Hulk movie and was not interested in a 2nd. Now I am interested!
I HATED the first Hulk movie and was not interested in a 2nd. Now I am interested!
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12:11PM on 04/16/2007

What the fuck?

Strangest news all year! And somehow it seems great! Go Ed!
Strangest news all year! And somehow it seems great! Go Ed!
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12:03PM on 04/16/2007

TRULY DOPE!!!

Great casting news! Norton is an awesome actor that can play a weakling or a badass and make you totaly believe it! He'll make a great Bruce Banner!!!
Great casting news! Norton is an awesome actor that can play a weakling or a badass and make you totaly believe it! He'll make a great Bruce Banner!!!
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12:00PM on 04/16/2007
Sounds like norton is just trying to follow in the Robert Downey Jr./Iron Man footsteps. But it could still rock, because norton does rock.
Sounds like norton is just trying to follow in the Robert Downey Jr./Iron Man footsteps. But it could still rock, because norton does rock.
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9:54AM on 04/16/2007

Sweet

Thats some kind of Dynamite, Not many don't like old Ed Norton
Thats some kind of Dynamite, Not many don't like old Ed Norton
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9:35AM on 04/16/2007
damn, one of my favorite actors attached, i'm sold! also, if it weren't for that comma, it kinda sounds like you're asking edward norton to fuck you :p (i guess something that touched salma's as close as some of us can get...)
damn, one of my favorite actors attached, i'm sold! also, if it weren't for that comma, it kinda sounds like you're asking edward norton to fuck you :p (i guess something that touched salma's as close as some of us can get...)
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9:11AM on 04/16/2007

Wow

I'm a huge Ed Norton fan, and prior to this, I don't think he's made one poor decision in terms of his choices for roles. But this is a horrible idea. Just awful. Nothing more I can say.
I'm a huge Ed Norton fan, and prior to this, I don't think he's made one poor decision in terms of his choices for roles. But this is a horrible idea. Just awful. Nothing more I can say.
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8:49AM on 04/16/2007
If one has seen Danny the Dog, about a guy in a leach, you become really sceptical concerning The Incredible Hulk.
If one has seen Danny the Dog, about a guy in a leach, you become really sceptical concerning The Incredible Hulk.
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8:31AM on 04/16/2007

hulk club

Cool news. Ed Norton will bring class to The Incredible Hulk :)
Cool news. Ed Norton will bring class to The Incredible Hulk :)
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7:49AM on 04/16/2007
Unleashed is one of the best action movies I've ever seen (and the only movie Jet Li was able to act in apparently) and Edward Norton is all kinds of awesomeness.

I had completely forgotten about this movie, that's how much I wasnt looking forward to it, but Edward Norton as the Hulk pretty much reserved my seat in the theater.
Unleashed is one of the best action movies I've ever seen (and the only movie Jet Li was able to act in apparently) and Edward Norton is all kinds of awesomeness.

I had completely forgotten about this movie, that's how much I wasnt looking forward to it, but Edward Norton as the Hulk pretty much reserved my seat in the theater.
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7:18AM on 04/16/2007

Waste of talent

Considering that the last Hulk movie was so full of shit, I can't believe a genius god of a man like Ed Norton would be wasting his talents on a role like this.

Unless they could make Hulk more like X-Men and less like [insert some crap comic book movie title here], this is a bad idea.

I'd much rather see Ed Norton shine like he did in The Illusionist. Now that is some good shite!
Considering that the last Hulk movie was so full of shit, I can't believe a genius god of a man like Ed Norton would be wasting his talents on a role like this.

Unless they could make Hulk more like X-Men and less like [insert some crap comic book movie title here], this is a bad idea.

I'd much rather see Ed Norton shine like he did in The Illusionist. Now that is some good shite!
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6:41AM on 04/16/2007
Uhm... isn't Edward Norton a little too tiny for playing a character like the Hulk? I can't see anything in this news that he'll be voice acting a CG Hulk.
Uhm... isn't Edward Norton a little too tiny for playing a character like the Hulk? I can't see anything in this news that he'll be voice acting a CG Hulk.
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6:31AM on 04/16/2007
This news kicks ass!!!

Love Edward Norton (would have loved him in the X-men franchise) and really think he is going to pull this off

Wasnt looking forward to this remake but now i cant wait....Roll on 2008
This news kicks ass!!!

Love Edward Norton (would have loved him in the X-men franchise) and really think he is going to pull this off

Wasnt looking forward to this remake but now i cant wait....Roll on 2008
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2:09AM on 04/16/2007

hulk and norton

Just like Micheal keaton was doubted as Batman so is Norton. He's a phenominal actor that can deliver a ballsy, all out performance, if they don't fuck it up like the first one. Ang lees Hulk was an insult to Marvel's Fans as well as stan lee's approval of the scripts. Eric Bana was great but the movie was a ridculious mixture of nick noltes bad acting and embarrassing plot lines.
Just like Micheal keaton was doubted as Batman so is Norton. He's a phenominal actor that can deliver a ballsy, all out performance, if they don't fuck it up like the first one. Ang lees Hulk was an insult to Marvel's Fans as well as stan lee's approval of the scripts. Eric Bana was great but the movie was a ridculious mixture of nick noltes bad acting and embarrassing plot lines.
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2:07AM on 04/16/2007

!!!

I have no words for how excited I am.....NO WORDS.......
I have no words for how excited I am.....NO WORDS.......
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1:57AM on 04/16/2007
Transporters 2 (havent seen number one) is probably one of the worst action movies i've ever seen. so, i don't really expect anything. and norton (one of my fav actors) is probably one of the miscasted actors in this movie.
And yeah Ang Lees Hulk was good.
Transporters 2 (havent seen number one) is probably one of the worst action movies i've ever seen. so, i don't really expect anything. and norton (one of my fav actors) is probably one of the miscasted actors in this movie.
And yeah Ang Lees Hulk was good.
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1:52AM on 04/16/2007

YIPEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

Nortan is da bom. Yeah baby. Bana is a good actor but the stupid flashbacks and the silly cgi monster was crap. I think they will opt for more comic book action than epic story.Ghost Rider sucked don't know how that film became a hit !@#$%^&*
Nortan is da bom. Yeah baby. Bana is a good actor but the stupid flashbacks and the silly cgi monster was crap. I think they will opt for more comic book action than epic story.Ghost Rider sucked don't know how that film became a hit !@#$%^&*
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1:40AM on 04/16/2007
Marvel is making some damn good choices now that they are on there own. I wouldn't have picked Norton is a million years, but he is a respected actor that doesn't hold alot of baggage with him. I can only hope one day we get to see Planet Hulk an World War Hulk adapted.
Marvel is making some damn good choices now that they are on there own. I wouldn't have picked Norton is a million years, but he is a respected actor that doesn't hold alot of baggage with him. I can only hope one day we get to see Planet Hulk an World War Hulk adapted.
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1:21AM on 04/16/2007

Wow

Well...wasn't that unexpected.

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Well...wasn't that unexpected.

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12:56AM on 04/16/2007

sweeeeeet

This is great news. Ang Lee's version was pretty good but I have a feeling this will kick ass. To answer you, "Rabbit", I think this is not really a sequel but rather a remake. They are giving the franchise an ass-kicking to make it more akin to the traditional Hulk. And hopefully they wont make him 30 feet tall. Good grief. He's not Godzilla.
This is great news. Ang Lee's version was pretty good but I have a feeling this will kick ass. To answer you, "Rabbit", I think this is not really a sequel but rather a remake. They are giving the franchise an ass-kicking to make it more akin to the traditional Hulk. And hopefully they wont make him 30 feet tall. Good grief. He's not Godzilla.
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12:40AM on 04/16/2007

Very strange

I would normally say this is awesome news...but by their own admission they are "taking it less seriously" this time - what? Norton in a campy HULK movie? That could suck ass.
I would normally say this is awesome news...but by their own admission they are "taking it less seriously" this time - what? Norton in a campy HULK movie? That could suck ass.
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12:27AM on 04/16/2007

awesome

Norton can be very intense. This casting makes me think they're taking this seriously. I just hope the mainstream public isn't confused and ultimately put-off by the news.
Norton can be very intense. This casting makes me think they're taking this seriously. I just hope the mainstream public isn't confused and ultimately put-off by the news.
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12:23AM on 04/16/2007
Are you kidding?!?! That sounds awful!!!! If you can't get Bana back just don't do it.
Are you kidding?!?! That sounds awful!!!! If you can't get Bana back just don't do it.
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12:22AM on 04/16/2007

AWESOME!

You're not alone JoBlo. I too was impressed with the Ang Lee version. Also, Eric Bana was and still is one of my favorites, so I was a little pissed about him never even really being considered for this one, but Norton is by far the perfect SECOND choice. This one will be great. But can someone finally clear it up for me -- is "The Incredible Hulk" a sequel or a remake??
You're not alone JoBlo. I too was impressed with the Ang Lee version. Also, Eric Bana was and still is one of my favorites, so I was a little pissed about him never even really being considered for this one, but Norton is by far the perfect SECOND choice. This one will be great. But can someone finally clear it up for me -- is "The Incredible Hulk" a sequel or a remake??
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12:16AM on 04/16/2007
This is crazy. I never would've thought about having Norton play the hulk. Good bit of casting though in my opinion. Brings some new flavor to it, and hopefully Norton can still cash in a good performance.
This is crazy. I never would've thought about having Norton play the hulk. Good bit of casting though in my opinion. Brings some new flavor to it, and hopefully Norton can still cash in a good performance.
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12:02AM on 04/16/2007

hell yeah!

Wow, this took me by surprise! I'm psyched to find out that Norton is gonna be the HULK. I didn't really dig Ang Lee's movie--hopefully Norton will bring more people to this one (I don't remember correctly, but I don't think any of my friends even knew who Eric Bana was at the time of the first flick). Go Norton!
Wow, this took me by surprise! I'm psyched to find out that Norton is gonna be the HULK. I didn't really dig Ang Lee's movie--hopefully Norton will bring more people to this one (I don't remember correctly, but I don't think any of my friends even knew who Eric Bana was at the time of the first flick). Go Norton!
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