July 12th, 2010
04:30 PM ET
Let's hope the third time will be the charm.
The search is on for yet another actor to play "The Incredible Hulk" after Marvel Studios confirmed that Edward Norton will not reprise his role as the gargantuan green monster for the upcoming superhero ensemble movie "The Avengers."
Eric Bana was the first actor to play the Hulk on the big-screen in 2003, with Norton taking on the character in a 2008 reboot. As EW reported at the time, that production was fraught with drama.
Norton, 40, reportedly refused to promote the flick because he was unhappy with its final cut: he wanted a longer, more detailed movie while Marvel went with a faster, edited version.
So it's not exactly surprising that Marvel has announced that they're searching for a replacement to team up with Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (the Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) for "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," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in a statement, according to MTV.
" '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," Feige said. "We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks."
That announcement is expected to happen at Comic-Con on July 24, where Feige will be on hand to give sneak peeks to the "Thor" and "Captain America" flicks currently in development.
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