Marvel doesn't want Edward Norton to play Hulk in 'Avengers'
Don't go looking for Edward Norton to reprise his role as the Incredible Hulk in the upcoming, Joss Whedon-directed Avengers flick, because he's off the shoot. Just whose fault that is depends on which side you ask.
Website HitFix.com reports that Marvel Studios has decided to cast a relative unknown as Bruce Banner, not because Norton wanted too much money, but was "instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members," according to Marvel's Kevin Feige. That means Ed was a huge pain in the neck while shooting the green one's 2008 reboot.
Edward's agent, Brian Swardstrom, responded with a scathing letter about Marvel saying Feige's statement was "a purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light." To be fair, Norton did a good job of that himself by claiming he had rewritten most of Zak Penn's screenplay.
"This past Wednesday, after several weeks of civil, uncontentious discussions, but before we had come to terms on a deal, a representative from Marvel called to say they had decided to go in another direction with the part," Swardstrom wrote. "This seemed to us to be a financial decision but, whatever the case, it is completely their prerogative, and we accepted their decision with no hard feelings." Oh, obviously.
That's just fine, though; With names like Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron man and Chris Hemsworth as Thor, we won't mind Norton being replaced by Chris Evans come May 4, 2012.
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