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To Hulk, or Not to Hulk July 13, 2010

Posted by vorpalkeith in Movie News.
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That is the question, isn’t it?

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By now most people know that the long-gestating rumor that Edward Norton wouldn’t be returning for the Joss Whedon directed Avengers film is true. Marvel Studios has confirmed it. Says Kevin Feige, Marvel’s President of Production:

“We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in the Avengers. Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H, Chris E, Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.”

So that is that, Norton is out. Which begs the question of who would be an ideal candidate to play Bruce Banner, the conflicted genius with a raging monster within?

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I, of course, have an opinion.

If I had my druthers and was in charge of casting the film I would bring in little-known actor Sharlto Copley. Mr. Copley is probably best known as that guy from District 9.

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He was also recently in the A-Team film, playing the role of Murdoch. So very different than his part in District 9. This man has range.

He can also play the stammering, nervous, nerdy man . . . we definitely saw this in District 9. What else did we see? A man terrified over the prospect of turning into a monster. Once I realized that Copley could be an option, I haven’t been able to must up a half good argument for anyone else. This is the guy I want playing Banner.

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I rarely get what I want though. I would settle for Adrien Brody.

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