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Marvel will recast Hulk for The Avengers; Edward Norton releases statement + Joaquin Phoenix rumored for the role

Edward Norton, who starred as Bruce Banner / the Hulk in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, will not reprise his role as the character in the upcoming The Avengers, Marvel announced. The studio’s president Kevin Feige made the official statement [HitFix]:

“We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in 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. 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. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.”

The harsh wording resulted in a quick rebuttal from Norton’s agent and finally a polite and classy statement from Edward Norton himself. Click over the jump for those plus news on a rumor that has Joaquin Phoenix taking on the role.

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