Connelly cozies up to 'Hulk' co-star role

Monday, November 26 2001

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NEW YORK -- Jennifer Connelly has landed the female lead in "The Hulk," joining Eric Bana in the Ang Lee-directed bigscreen morphing of the Marvel Comics franchise for Universal.
Connelly will play the role of Betty Ross, a scientist who has a close personal and professional relationship with Dr. Bruce Banner, who transforms into the green-skinned muscle-bound hero after he gets hit by an errant dose of gamma rays.

Scripted by David Hayter and James Schamus, the film begins shooting in March; pic's produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Avi Arad, Schamus and Larry Franco. Bana is best known for Aussie import "Chopper" and co-stars in the upcoming Ridley Scott-directed "Black Hawk Down."

Connelly has been in high demand since reinvigorating her career in the Darren Aronofsky-directed "Requiem for a Dream." She next will be seen starring with Russell Crowe in the Ron Howard-directed Imagine adaptation of "A Beautiful Mind." She's repped by ICM.

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