Meet your new Hulk: Mark Ruffalo! Takes over Bruce Banner role for Avengers film

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival - Courtesy Wikipedia Commons and gdcgraphics

[UPDATE:] It’s official, Mark Ruffalo will play Bruce Banner in The Avengers film. He appeared on stage at the Comic-Con panel for the film with the rest of the cast.

Nikki Finke at reported a while ago about this deal in the works to replace Edward Norton for the Avengers film with Mark Ruffalo and now she’s reporting it’s a done deal. She says “…the ink is drying on the deal reached by Brillstein Entertainment Partners with Marvel.”

If she’s right this is cutting it close considering that the Comic-Con Marvel panel is set for Saturday and everyone is expecting them to trot out the just announced director Joss Whedon and a some of the cast although most of them will also be there to promote their stand-alone Marvel films CAPTAIN AMERICA and THOR.

The whole Marvel replacing Ed Norton as the Hulk in The Avengers film (as we’ve covered it here already) as been an on-going thing but hopefully Ruffalo gets himself a nice payday for coming in on this project.

I’ve liked Ruffalo in a lot of his films: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Zodiac and Shutter Island. And of course he got his Thriller on in the 2004 13 Going on 30 with Jennifer Garner.

Expect the official announcement at the Marvel panel at Comic-Con in San Diego Saturday July 24th at 6:00 pm Pacific time.