Well, if this was true, Edward Norton wasn’t all that hard to replace.
Dateline:Hollywood is reporting that actor Mark Ruffalo is in “late-stage talks” with Marvel Studios to take over the role of Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk in The Avengers.
While Ruffalo might be a great one, I don’t know if I’d call him a “name actor.” He is probably most known for playing the lead opposite Reese Witherspoon in Just Like Heaven. Other than that, he has played character roles in bigger films like Collateral and Reservation Road and leads in indies like You Can Count On Me. He might be a recognizable faxce, but he’s not quite a household name as of yet.
This is not the first time he has been up for a role in a comic book film. MTV”S Splash Page remembers an interview Ruffalo did while promoting Blindness in 2008 where he admitted to auditioning for the role of Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight. The role eventually went to Aaron Eckhart.
In the same interview, Ruffalo also admitted to being a comic book reader in his younger days (Name dropping Frank Miller and Uncanny X-Men) and expressed doubts that he would ever work in a comic book film. Let’s see if he was wrong on that way of thinking.
So no Joaquim Pheonix then?
Not according to Nikki Finke.