Edward Norton is one of Hollywood's most enviro-friendly stars, but now he's going green in a different way: According to a story in today's Variety, Norton will play Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk. The movie, which has a tentative release date of June 2008, is Marvel's second recent attempt at bringing the Hulk to the big screen. Though 2003's Hulk sounded good on paper — thanks to director Ang Lee and hunky Eric Bana — it didn't fare very well at the box office.
According to Variety, the Norton vehicle "begins with Banner on the run, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into a misunderstood green menace." Apparently, this version will be less serious than Ang Lee's take and more like the original comics and TV show; the movie is being directed by Louis Leterrier, the man behind The Transporter and Transporter 2.
I always love watching Ed Norton act, and he proved with Fight Club that he can do the tough-guy thing. But after so many lukewarm comic-book adaptations lately, I'm very curious to see how this one will turn out. At least they're starting off on the right foot by casting Norton.