The cast for next summer's Incredible Hulk re-imagined sequel thing is getting stronger and stronger by the day. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that William Hurt has now signed up to chase down the green dude; he'll be playing Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, the man who makes it his life's mission to track down and capture the Hulk. Ross (who was played by Sam Elliott in Ang Lee's 2003 version) is also the father of Bruce Banner's main squeeze Betty Ross, with Liv Tyler taking over for Jennifer Connelly in the role. This marks yet another comic adaptation for Hurt, who also starred in David Cronenberg's very awesome The History of Violence back in 2005.
With the exception of Liv Tyler (who just doesn't do it for me), the cast is certainly one of the most intriguing for a comic book adaptation that I've ever seen (with Iron Man right alongside them). Apart from Tyler and Hurt, the extremely versatile Edward Norton has come onboard to play Bruce Banner/Hulk while Tim Roth will take on the role of Emil Blonsky/the Abomination. X-Men 3: The Last Stand scribe Zak Penn wrote the script, and when I sat down with him this past May, he seemed totally jazzed about the project. A die hard Hulk fan himself, Penn knows what was wrong with the first film and assured me they were going in an entirely new direction. Instead of the whole lab aspect, this time we'll be following Banner on the run, as he does what he can to blend into a world that doesn't understand who or what he is, while trying to steer clear of anyone who might "make him angry." Louis Leterrier will direct and the flick is set to hit theaters on June 13, 2008 during a summer already packed with big films like The Dark Knight, Iron Man and Indiana Jones 4. Personally, I cannot wait.