Mark Ruffalo linked to Hulk role

July 15th, 2010

Mark Ruffalo is being lined up to play the Incredible Hulk.

The 'Shutter Island' star has reportedly been approached by Marvel Studios to take on the role of Bruce Banner and his superhero alter ego in the forthcoming comic book blockbuster 'The Avengers' after Edward Norton was dropped from the film.

Showbiz news website reports that the actor is in "late-stage discussions between Marvel and his brand-new agency United Talent to play this key member of 'The Avengers' ensemble".

Earlier this week, 'Walk the Line' star Joaquin Phoenix - who claimed to be retiring from acting in 2008 to pursue a rap career - was also linked to the role.

Edward was dropped from the 2012 movie earlier this week with president of production Kevin Feige blasting the actor's attitude.

He said: "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."

However, Edward's representative hit back, saying his client had been in discussions to return to the role but Marvel pulled out even though both parties were about to agree a deal.

He said: "This offensive statement from Kevin Feige at Marvel is a purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light."

In 'The Avengers', Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson are all expected to reprise their roles as superheroes previously featured in other Marvel movies including 'Iron Man 2', 'Thor' and 'Captain America'.