No stranger to occasionally hulking out on set, William Hurt has joined the cast of "The Incredible Hulk."
Louis Leterrier ("Transporter 2") is directing "The Incredible Hulk," which is being presented as a reimagining of the franchise, rather than a sequel to Ang Lee's "Hulk" feature.
Edward Norton previously signed on to replace Eric Bana in the Bruce Banner role with Liv Tyler stepping in for Jennifer Connelly as Betsy Ross. Tim Roth will play Banner and the Hulk's adversary Emil Blonsky, a.k.a. Abomination in the Zak Penn-scripted film.
Hurt, an Oscar winner for "Kiss of the Spider Woman," will play "Thunderbolt" Ross, Betsy's father and a military officer sworn to capture the Hulk, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The role was played by Sam Elliott in the 2003 "Hulk."
Universal is distributing with Marvel producing "The Incredible Hulk" independently. Shooting will begin this summer in Toronto with an eye toward a June 13, 2008 release date.
Hurt has been particularly busy since earning his fourth Academy Award nomination in 2006 for "A History of Violence." Currently appearing in the thriller "Mr. Brooks," Hurt was last seen in "The Good Shepherd," with "Noise," "Vantage Point" and "Into the Wild" in the can.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times