Edward Norton has agreed a deal to play scientist-turned-monster Bruce Banner in 'The Incredible Hulk'.

Variety reports that the Louis Leterrier-directed film will shoot this summer in Toronto for a June 2008 release.

Australian actor Eric Bana previously played Bruce Banner/The Hulk in Ang Lee's 2003 film 'Hulk'.

The new film from Marvel Studios will reportedly be closer in feel to the comic and TV series than Lee's film; Leterrier previously directed 'The Transporter', its sequel and 'Unleashed'.

Commenting on Norton's casting, Marvel Studios Production President Kevin Feige said: "Edward Norton is a rare talent and one of the most versatile actors in the business."

He continued: "His ability to transform into a particular role makes him the ideal choice to take on the character of Bruce Banner and The Hulk. Edward is perfectly suited to bring one of the most popular and important Marvel icons to the big screen in a new and exciting way."