Edward Norton is getting back in the ring with his “Fight Club” partner Brad Pitt.
Duo will star in “State of Play,” Universal Pictures’ adaptation of the British miniseries. Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”) is directing the Matthew Michael Carnahan script.
Norton will play a congressman whose speedy political rise is threatened by an investigation into the death of his mistress. Pitt plays a politico-turned-journalist whose relationship with the solon is compromised when he oversees his newspaper’s investigation into the murder and develops a relationship with the pol’s estranged wife.
Project has been a high priority for U since the studio won an auction for rights to the six-hour mini written by Paul Abbott. Though Pitt has long been attached, he had been courted for other pics while Tony Gilroy worked on a rewrite. Pitt recently committed after that script was turned in, and the project is on track for a November start.
Norton will begin shooting “State of Play” days after he wraps “The Incredible Hulk” for Marvel Studios, with Universal releasing the Louis Leterrier-directed superhero film on June 13.
Posted Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 at 9:21pm
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Edward Norton has been set by Marvel Studios to play Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk.
Norton takes over a role played in the Ang Lee-directed Hulk by Eric Bana. Though that film opened strongly, it didn’t fare as well as other Marvel efforts, including Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four and, most recently, Ghost Rider.
Marvel Studios, which has a $525 million credit facility obtained through Merrill Lynch, made The Incredible Hulk its second film under that arrangement, and seeks to make a sequel that is less self-serious and more in line with the comic series and TV show. Leterrier directed the action-filled Transporter and its sequel, as well as Unleashed.
The new movie begins with Banner on the run, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into a misunderstood green menace.
“Edward Norton is a rare talent and one of the most versatile actors in the business,” Marvel Studios production president Kevin Feige said in a statement. “His ability to transform into a particular role makes him the ideal choice to take on the character of Bruce Banner and the Hulk. Edward is perfectly suited to bring one of the most popular and important Marvel icons to the bigscreen in a new and exciting way.”
The script for The Incredible Hulk was written by Zak Penn, who had a hand in crafting two “X-Men” films and Fantastic Four for Marvel.
Edward is totally hot when he’s angry (hello – totally hot in American History X) so I think he’s a great pick for the hulk.
Posted Monday, April 16th, 2007 at 11:11am
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They have a new movie coming out, called “The Painted Veil.” If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, I command you to go watch it NOW! Go here!
Posted Wednesday, November 29th, 2006 at 1:13pm
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