Tim Blake Nelson Bulks Up ‘Hulk’

All of Comic Con’s “big” announcements are being squandered as The Hollywood Reporter adds another one to the pile with Tim Blake Nelson announced to be playing Samuel Sterns (a.k.a. “The Leader”) in Universal’s The Incredible Hulk.

Sterns is one of the Hulk’s major antagonists, a menial worker in a chemical research plant who is bombarded with gamma radiation. He emerges from his accident not only green-skinned but also superintelligent, with an oversized brain.

Louis Leterrier is directing the comic adaptation in which Edward Norton plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk along with Liv Tyler (Betty Ross), Tim Roth (villain Emil Blonsky/the Abomination) and William Hurt (General Ross, Betty’s father).

Zak Penn penned the script and it is currently set for a June 13, 2008 release. Production is currently underway in Vancouver with plans to move to L.A.

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