Universal has sent us the first official photos of Edward Norton as Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk. Click on the production photos to enlarge.
Edward Norton stars in this new beginning as Bruce Banner, a scientist desperately hunting for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him - The Incredible Hulk.
More photos after the jump.
Zak Penn is also listed as a co-writer, which is interesting since Edward Norton tried to take full credit on a complete rewrite at Comic Con. The official plot synopsis calls the film "all-new," and refers to the story as a "new beginning":
THE INCREDIBLE HULK kicks off an all-new, explosive and action-packed epic of one of the most popular superheroes of all time. In this new beginning, scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him: The Hulk.
Living in the shadows—cut off from a life he knew and the woman he loves, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler)—Banner struggles to avoid the obsessive pursuit of his nemesis, General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt), and the military machinery that seeks to capture him and brutally exploit his power.
The Incredible Hulk will smash into theaters on June 13th 2008. And here is the previously released concept art for the big green man himself.
User comment: By: cijiGOD I love that Norton fellow! That is all.
User comment: By: JeffI am getting so tired of the reboots, I mean, Ang's Hulk was released in 2003, Punisher in 04 - and it isn't like it's a different company making it - its Marvel. The same flashy comic book opening will play before the reboots as in the ones from 3-4 years ago. DC is just as guilty. Its like look, stop pushing the films out if you are not 100% sure they are exactly what you want them to be. People will understand if you want to wait. The Fantastic four may not be the best flick, but they waited just long enough to make it look real enough to enjoy. Same with Spiderman. So they made some flicks people didn't enjoy. Thats the glory of a sequel. Yeah, new actor, new director - but heres the thing, new story line - we get to see more of the depth of the charicter, not more of the same over and over. This will make the 3rd origins story of the punisher and counting the TV show and bad movies, like 5th reboot of the Hulk. Granted Punisher is going the MAX story line, and Hulk is starting off at least somewhat where the last left off - they are still going at it like a complete reboot. It just makes me mad. Ugh. See what you did, you made me go on a rant! - At least Norton is a fanboy and this "reboot" should be more to the core Hulk fan base. Now the question looms, is Norton in for the long haul, will he stick around for say 2 more movies to end the saga of the Hulk?
User comment: By: thefanThis movie will be great. Can't wait for the new run on the incredible hulk that jeph loeb and mcguiness are doing. Very exicited.
User comment: By: X The Eliminatorwell, that rig he's in looks familiar. are they trying to emulate more of the tv show? hope not. i liked ang lee's hulk. some things weren't great but others were fantastic.
User comment: By: JamieCan you imagine if that chair was in your dentist's office? Damn. I think for additional separation from the first film - which I think was an interesting failure - they should have called him David Banner à la the TV series.
@jager, Man, I thought it was just me. Wasn't RDJr. wearing a wife beater in his first still as well? Also, they have the same facial hair going on, and the same half-nerd-half-cunning look in their eyes. Good catch.
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User comment: By: jagerIs it just me or does that first image have an uncanny resemblence to the early released images of Tony Stark in Iron Man?
@Monkey, I'd rather see the Crank directors direct the new Hulk over the director of the Transporter films, who is directing this reboot. There are other directors I'd love to take helm of this, but in the case of the better Jason Statham director(s), I go Crank. (I actually dug Crank, as it's the closest thing to a cocaine rush/adderoll binge on film I've ever seen, in a good way not related to Don Simpson). I think the marketing dept.s for this and Punisher have their jobs cut out for them. The prior films were huge disappointments in the popular eye, and it's not like those were forgotten in the few years since (a la a decade for Dolph Lundgren's Punisher). It will be much harder to sell these films as Event Films now - not to fanboys but to adults/non-fans who wanted good summer blockbuster entertainment the first go around. So, again, Ed Norton in a wife beater is not the greatest way to say off the bat that "this movie is going to kick ass." And that Hulk image above is an illustration being passed for the film version - which is very odd. I'd put up a five second "glimpse" online of the new Hulk breaking through a glass door or something. Unlike Dark Knight, the studio needs to ramp up their marketing early for this one, but it's the latest of next year's comic/fantasy films.
User comment: By: Jerry ButlerI actually walked out of the first Ang Lee version. Not because I completely loathed it, but because I was starting to go blind from all of the moving frames flying across the movie screen and still had to drive myself home. Coincidently, was the first time I ever watched a movie and felt old, as everyone else I knew seemed quite able to keep up and take in the action going on in the multi-panels just fine.
User comment: By: MonkeyAttackIt is an origin story. This and Punisher are both reboots. I don't think the Ang Lee Hulk or the Thomas Jane Punisher where bad movies, I just think Marvel, and many of the fans, see them as a little too far away from the core of what the characters are. The Ang Lee Hulk was a good movie, with some really good performances, but it didn't have the "Hulk Smash!" feel that many people wanted/expected. This is meant to be more geared toward that crowd, who are mostly open, if not enthusiastic, about retelling the origin. I'd love to see some of the different Hulk personality types in here. I'm a big Gray Hulk fan, and the more recent smart Green Hulk has been pretty good. It would be like what they are doing with the different Iron Man armors in his movie. It's entertaining for fanboys and lucrative for the toy manufacturers and fast food tie in people. You could also get some plot advancement while still giving Hulk some screen time. As for the comment about Crank, I disagree. Watching that movie felt like watching an experimental film made from a series of napkin notes. If you listen to the commentary, you will see that is exactly what it was. I enjoyed the movie, but I think Hulk needs a little more character development/empathy building. Not as much as in the last movie, where that was almost all you got, but some.
User comment: By: KELLooks great!
I just wonder if they're going to market this as an origins story, because we've already seen that movie and it's going to confuse the hell out of people. Releasing these first stills expresses that's the direction. They almost have to do a "greener, bigger, meaner" campaign to make it work - it's a lot different than relaunching a Batman franchise and Hulk is arguably a less appealing character. A lot of the film's success will come down to how badass the fights with Abomination are - Ed Norton's never done the blockbuster thing and a lot of his fans are not neccessarily fanboys. And the director is pretty much a no-name. Should have been the Crank directors, rather than the Transporter dude.
Visit here to subscribe to these commentsUser comment: By: giantmanI hope this movie doesn't suck. And I actually enjoyed the Ang Lee version, not as much as I wanted to, but I certainly don't think it deserves the anger it has gotten. But I am looking forward to this one, now that Marvel controls its own material it'll be interesting to see how they do with Iron Man and then this. They have no one else to blame now.