You won't like him when he's angry. That's because he HULKS OUT! In news that still seems completely inconceivable, excellent actor and Fight Club co-founder Edward Norton has been cast as Bruce Banner, the cursed scientist who suffers from anger management and skin pigmentation issues when he loses his temper. And I thought my apoplectic fits of rage were bad!
Yep, the sequel to 2003's critical and commercial failure, entitled The Incredible Hulk, is actually happening and is due out next year. It seemed to all the world that it was destined to be a direct-to-video calibre sequel / re-imagining, but this casting news suggests the movie might actually be good, seeing as how Mr. Norton rarely associates himself with crappy movies.
I like the first film, even though it's seriously flawed. Ang Lee's angsty tale of father-son relations was too dour and slow for the most part, but the Hulk SMASH stuff was great. The director of the sequel, Louis Leterrier, has made some fun and thrilling action flicks, and word has it the sequel is going to have more Hulk smashing and less brooding and less unkempt Nick Nolte. And hopefully, less Hulk Poodles. Eric Bana was great in the first film and I wouldn't have minded seeing him return, but Ed Norton seems like an inspired choice for a replacement. To echo the sentiments of many a film geek, I've gone from complete indifference to actively anticipating this film.