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Bana set for Time Traveller role
Eric Bana
Eric Bana appeared in the epic Troy
Hulk star Eric Bana is to star with Rachel McAdams in a film adaptation of The Time Traveller's Wife.

The movie, based on the best-selling novel by Audrey Niffenegger, is due to begin shooting in August and pencilled in for release next year.

Canadian McAdams, whose screen credits include Wedding Crashers and The Notebook, has been linked to the lead role since the project's inception.

Edward Norton will take over Bana's Hulk role in a new screen version.

Mixed reviews

Australian-born Bana, whose last major role was in Steven Spielberg's Munich in 2005, will play a librarian who discovers he has a gene which makes him travel in time when he is under pressure.

Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams won three gongs at the 2005 MTV film awards

The relationship with his wife is fraught with problems as he disappears for long periods and their ages differ during various encounters.

Bana recently finished work on The Other Boleyn Girl, in which he plays King Henry VIII alongside Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman.

His next release is Lucky You, starring opposite Drew Barrymore.

Bana played comic hero The Incredible Hulk in Ang Lee's version of the story in 2003, which met mixed reviews.

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