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William Hurt hurtling to "Hulk" cast

William Hurt at the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2006 at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 17, 2006 file photo. Hurt has joined the all-star cast of "The Incredible Hulk," which is slated to begin shooting this summer in Toronto. REUTERS/Tom Mihalek

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - William Hurt has joined the all-star cast of “The Incredible Hulk,” which is slated to begin shooting this summer in Toronto.

The action sees Bruce Banner/Hulk (Edward Norton) on the run, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into a monster. Hurt will play Gen. Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, the man who has dedicated his life to capturing the Hulk -- and who also is the father of Banner’s love interest, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler). Also on board is Tim Roth as villain Emil Blonsky/the Abomination.

French filmmaker Louis Leterrier (the “Transporter” movies) is directing the project for Marvel Studios. Universal Pictures will distribute, hoping for better luck than it had with Ang Lee’s ill-fated 2003 version, “Hulk.”

Hurt, who won an Academy Award for best actor for his work in 1985’s “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” has been nominated for the golden statuette multiple times, most recently for his malevolent supporting turn in 2005’s “A History of Violence.” He is currently in theaters with “Mr. Brooks.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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