It’s been a slow couple of days for really significant news, but here’s something you can chew on: Wes Anderson‘s next film, Moon Rise Kingdom (previously written without a space in ‘moonrise’) is starting to line up a rather unusual and potentially very impressive cast. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton are the names we have right now. Along with the report that each is in talks for the project, we’ve finally got substantial details on what the film might be. Read More »
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Edward Norton and director John Curran are slowly cultivating a good working relationship. They previously made The Painted Veil, which wasn’t quite a success, and then crafted Stone. The latter, despite having early caution instilled thanks to a terrible sales trailer, has turned out to be a fairly satisfying thriller / character study.
And now the team of Norton and Curran is working together on an HBO miniseries based on the story of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Read More »
Briefly: OK, this is news I can really get behind. If you’ve got to replace Edward Norton in a role, you can just get anyone off the street. But it looks like Marvel has sights set high, and not on Joaquin Phoenix.
Deadline reports is that Mark Ruffalo is in ‘late stage talks’ to be the new Bruce Banner and Incredible Hulk in The Avengers. That’s all the info we’ve got right now, but I love the idea. I’ve enjoyed Ruffalo’s work for a long time, and while his basic mode is pretty much the polar opposite of The Avengers, I think he could be great fun. Think of his performance in The Brothers Bloom modulated by his serious but pulpy work in Shutter Island. Yeah, this may do nicely. More details as they come in.
UPDATE: THR says that the deal-making process for Ruffalo isn’t as far along as Deadline made it sound. According to the trade, an offer is out to Ruffalo, which he is considering, but he hasn’t met with Joss Whedon. THR says they may meet late this week or over the pre-Comic Con weekend.
On Friday, we heard that Marvel had decided to recast the roles of Bruce Banner and the Hulk for The Avengers. Edward Norton, who played the parts in The Incredible Hulk, is out, and a new actor, to be announced, will be hired. Kevin Feige of Marvel released a rather undiplomatic statement about the decision which left no doubt that the casting decision was about anything other than personality. Norton’s agent fired back with his take, defending his client.
Now Edward Norton has released his own statement, and it is quite polite and classy. Read More »
For a few weeks now, we’ve been hearing rumors that Marvel Studios was set to unveil Edward Norton on stage at Comic-Con later this month, revealing that the actor would return to reprise his role from The Incredible Hulk in the superhero team-up movie The Avengers. But last week Marvel confirmed that Norton would not be back for the new film due not to “monetary factors” but the “the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.” Norton’s agent Brian Swardstrom quickly responded claiming that Marvel was excited to have Norton back as Hulk for the new film, that Norton even met with writer/director Joss Whedon about the film, and after “several weeks of civil, uncontentious discussions,” Marvel decided not hire Norton for what appeared to be purely financial reasons. Two different stories, but who is telling the truth?
With Comic-Con quickly approaching, who will Marvel unveil on stage as the new Bruce Banner?
How about Joaquin Phoenix?
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Months of speculation about Edward Norton‘s possible role in The Avengers came to an abrupt end on Friday when HitFix reported that Marvel had decided to recast Bruce Banner, aka the Incredible Hulk. Edward Norton is out; a new actor to be announced will step in.
That wasn’t a huge surprise, but the wording of Marvel’s official statement on the matter was a bit unusual. Specifically, the studio said, “Our decision [to recast the role] 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.”
That’s a shockingly pointed comment in these days of company decisions that are carefully worded to be as safe as possible. Edward Norton’s agent took umbrage at Marvel’s wording and has released a statement in response. What’s interesting isn’t so much the tone of the response, but the detail it contains about how close Norton came to appearing in The Avengers. Read More »
What had once seemed like an innovative master plan by Marvel is now proving to be more of the same Hollywood indifference. The realization that Iron Man was to be the first entry in a collective, fully consistent franchise that would eventually culminate with The Avengers—featuring all pre-established characters, presumably to be played by the same actors—was almost too good to be true. And as expected, it was. The first sign of trouble was about two years ago, when Marvel had Terrence Howard replaced by Don Cheadle on Iron Man 2. If they were willing to let an actor playing as prominent a returning character as War Machine be swapped out, who else would they be willing to let go?
Well, now we know.
Edward Norton will not be playing The Hulk in The Avengers. Oh, the character will return all right, but he will be played by “an unknown”. More about this development after the break. Read More »
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Bet you’d forgotten, or maybe didn’t even realize, that Edward Norton and Robert De Niro were in a gritty, sorta realistic prison thriller called Stone. We ran a promo trailer for the film in September of last year, but I never thought much about it afterward. Now there’s a trailer for the film, which has Norton in badass mode, and sporting some truly frightening cornrows. Check it out after the break. Read More »