Muscling in: Roth to play 'Hulk' heavy


Tim Roth is in negotiations to star opposite Ed Norton and Liv Tyler in Marvel Studios' "The Incredible Hulk."

Universal Pictures is distributing.

Roth would play Emil Blonsky, a vicious mercenary who turns into the Abomination, a gamma-spawned being stronger than the Hulk. Louis Leterrier is directing the latest big-screen rendition for the jade juggernaut from a Zak Penn screenplay.

The story begins with Hulk-houser Bruce Banner on the run, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into a monster.

In comic book annals, the Abomination was a KGB agent who deliberately exposed himself to radiation to gain strength. The character, who was created in the 1960s, did not appear in the 2003 Ang Lee movie "Hulk."

Shooting for the new "Hulk" is slated to begin in June in Toronto.

Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Feige are producing. Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Ari Arad and Stan Lee are executive producing.

Roth, the indie darling who hails from London, next stars in Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth," which was just picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. He also will co-star in "Funny Games" opposite Naomi Watts for Warner Independent. The film will be released in January.