Deadline are reporting that “the ink is drying on the deal” between Marvel and Mark Ruffalo for the actor to play Bruce Banner/The Hulk in The Avengers.
The Wrap said earlier today that both sides were close to signing the deal but “Marvel wants Ruffalo to sign on for between four and six Marvel movies” and they are notoriously cheap when it comes to paying actors (compared to other studios anyway). However it seems both sides have come to an agreement and Ruffalo may be appearing at Comic-Con tomorrow during the panels for Thor and Captain America.
Mark Ruffalo will be replacing Edward Norton in the role (who replaced Eric Bana) as Marvel said they wanted an actor “who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of [their] other talented cast members”. Edward Norton’s agent didn’t particularly like this “purposefully misleading” and “offensive statement”, and hit back saying Marvel’s decision to re-cast was mainly a financial one. Then Norton released a rather calm statement himself on the matter.
Ruffalo will be joining Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Samuel L. Jackson in The Avengers which begins filming in early 2011 under the direction of Joss Whedon.