Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Ed Norton Out Of Avengers Movie?

It's a bad bit of news for Marvel fans looking forward to the 2012 Avengers movie but unfortunately Edward Norton, the actor who played Bruce Banner in the 2008 movie, has been released/dumped in favour of a new actor...

Fans who were completely psyched to originally hear that Norton was happy to reprise his role in the upcoming mega-movie "Avengers" alongside Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth's Thor and Chris Evan's Captain America will now have to wait and see exactly who Marvel choose as a replacement. Rumours recently point towards Joaquin Phoenix although I personally find that a bit far fetched.

This is the release Ed Norton sent out recently via his Facebook page:

As most of you know, I don't like to talk much about the business of making movies because it means a lot to me to protect the audience's fullest enjoyment of the 'magic' that films can have. But I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support from fans of the Hulk and the Avengers that I feel it would be rude not to respond. So here goes: It seems it won't work out for me to continue playing Bruce Banner for Marvel in "The Avengers." I sincerely hoped it could happen and be great for everyone but it hasn't turned out as we all hoped. I know this is disappointing to many people and that makes me sad. But I am very sincerely grateful to Marvel for extending the offer and even more so for giving me the chance to be a part of the Hulk's long and excellent history. And I really can't thank the fans enough for how much enthusiasm you've sent me way about what Louis and I tried to do in our turn with the legend. It means a lot to me. I grew up with Banner and Hulk and have been a fan of every incarnation. I'm really proud, and very blessed, to have been one of them and will be thrilled to see him live on through other actors. Hulk is bigger than all of us, that's why we love him, right?

Edward Norton

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