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Mark RuffaloHere's something we never saw coming: According to an exclusive report from Deadline, 'Kids are All Right' co-star Mark Ruffalo is in late-stage discussions to play The Hulk in Marvel's highly anticipated 'Avengers' movie.

The role has been the center of discussion since Saturday, when it was announced that Edward Norton, who starred in 2008's 'The Incredible Hulk,' would not reprise the role the film, which will unite a number of heroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans), into one movie. Mark RuffaloHere's something we never saw coming: According to an exclusive report from Deadline, 'Kids are All Right' co-star Mark Ruffalo is in late-stage discussions to play The Hulk in Marvel's highly anticipated 'Avengers' movie.

The role has been the center of discussion since Saturday, when it was announced that Edward Norton, who starred in 2008's 'The Incredible Hulk,' would not reprise the role the film, which will unite a number of heroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans), into one movie.

Earlier this week, Norton responded to the news in a statement posted to his Facebook page, saying, "As most of you know, I don't like to talk much about the business of making movies because it means a lot to me to protect the audience's fullest enjoyment of the 'magic' that films can have. But I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support from fans of the Hulk and the Avengers that I feel it would be rude not to respond." (More on that here.)

If cast, the role would be a huge departure for Ruffalo, who is mostly known his work in dramas like this year's 'Shutter Island' and his breakout role in the 2000 Oscar-nominated indie 'You Can Count on Me.' His current movie, 'The Kids are All Right,' is currently playing in select theaters.

'The Avengers,' which is expected to hit theaters on May 4, 2012, is rumored to be directed by Joss Whedon.

Should Mark Ruffalo play the Hulk?
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