Going into The Avengers panel tonight, its not surprising that more and more news and rumors are coming out about casting in the much hyped movie.

Nathan Fillion, who was long-rumored to play Ant-Man in the Joss Whedon directed picture (even so much that I reported it here), told ComicBookMovie.com that he just simply doesn’t have enough time to do it!

I’m working ten months out of the year doing a television program where I don’t get a lot of opportunities to sneak out after work and do other projects, so I’m kind of locked in. If you just look at the logistics of it, I’m really busy. Even if all of the stars were to align, I wouldn’t have time to do it … if I had my choice, I would probably not pick Ant-Man. Nothing against Mr. Pym. But, no, I would not pick Ant-Man. He would not be my choice.

So, it looks like it may be the end of the line for Nathan Fillion having a major role in The Avengers, but I’m hoping he’ll at least have a small cameo or something. What do you think? Who would you like him to play?

Now onto to casting news!

Joss Whedon told OnTheRedCarpet.com last night that Jeremy Renner (who played the main soldier in the movie, The Hurt Locker) has indeed been cast as Hawkeye in The Avengers.

There will be some avenging that takes place during the film and that’s about all I can tell you. I think it’s well-known that Jeremy Renner is joining us as Hawkeye, which is so exciting for me and the rest of the cast.

Other big casting news is that ever since Edward Norton was officially ousted as The Hulk for The Avengers, rumors have been swirling about who would get to play him in the big-budget picture. Various big stars have been rumored, but according to Deadline.com, one of them got the part.

It looks like Mark Ruffalo will be playing Bruce Banner and The Hulk in The Avengers. I say that it “looks like” because nothing can be said for sure until Marvel makes the casting announcements at The Avengers panel being held tonight at San Diego Comic-Con. As soon as they announce it, I will let you all know.

So, stay tuned!

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