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Edward Norton remains a huge favorite here at GeekShizzle. Some of our best movie memories comes from movies he starred in. From his first Oscar nominated performance in Primal Fear, to his fantastic role as the white power skinhead in American History X, to his no-named character in Fight Club (Tyler Durden?). You have to admit that Edward Norton is an amazing actor.

The question is, what happened to Edward Norton? The last movie I can remember seeing him in was ‘The Bourne Legacy‘ (2012) which was hardly a leading role. Then there was that random episode in “Modern Family” where he played the has-been rocker Izzy LaFontaine? He also played a short role in the latest Lonely Island video.

Unless you were seriously paying attention to his life you would have thought he dropped from the face of the planet!

Well, the truth is he may have put the brakes on his acting career, but he is very much active in directing, producing and as a environmental and social activist. He is a member of the board of trustees of Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit organization for developing affordable housing. Norton is president of the American branch of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. He also raises money for charity through Crowdrise, a social networking community for volunteers and and micro-donations fundraising platform.

As for the last 3 years, he became engaged to Canadian film producer Shauna Robertson in 2011, and they married in 2012. They have one son, born in March 2013.

All we really want is to see him on the big screen again! Here is a list of movie project’s he’s been busy with over the last few years:

  • The Simpsons (TV Series) as Reverend Elijah Hooper / Devon Bradley – Voice (2013)
  • Salinger (2013)
  • The Bourne Legacy as Col Eric Byer (2012)
  • All in for the 99% (2012)
  • Moonrise Kingdom as Scout Master Ward (2012)
  • Stone as Gerald ‘Stone’ Creeson (2010)
  • Modern Family (TV Series) as Izzy LaFontaine (2009)
  • Leaves of Grass as Bill Kincaid / Brady Kincaid (2009)

Here’s 5 movies Edward Norton will star in next. It may not be another Fight Club, or American History X, but at least it’s something:

 

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel

  • Starring: Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Mathieu Amalric, Owen Wilson, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Willem Dafoe
  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Release Date: Mar 7, 2014

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The comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel is written and directed by Wes Anderson. Set during the early 20th Century, the story is centered on a concierge at the said European hotel who takes on a protégé. The story also involves the theft of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. The movie has a stellar cast, mentioned above.

Here’s the trailer:

2. Bourne 5

  • Starring: Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz.
  • Director: Justin Lin
  • Release Date: Mar 7, 2014

The fifth “Bourne”  installment ” is officially under development at Universal Pictures. Jeremy Renner will be back to reprise his role as Aaron Cross. The studio expects Matt Damon to reprise his role as Jason Bourne, original lead from the series. Damon is not signed on yet due to the Elysium actor’s decision to depart from the series. His return probably depends on who the studio hires to helm the project moving forward. The likelihood that Damon will return is slim due to previous Bourne helmer Paul Greengrass stepping down as director, Damon once revealed that he will has “..always been open to it (another “Bourne” movie) as long as Paul Greengrass directs, I don’t think he’s going to do it.”

 

3. Motherless Brooklyn

  • Starring: Edward Norton
  • Director: Edward Norton
  • Release Date: N/A

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Edward Norton stars in Motherless Brooklyn, a film that follows a detective who suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome, and who must solve the murder of his mentor. The film is based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem, who sold the story rights to New Line for a high six figures. Edward Norton is directing as well.

 

4. Birdman

  • Starring: Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis
  • Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
  • Release Date: 2014

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The black comedy Birdman stars Michael Keaton as a former movie star who once played a superhero and tries to make a comeback on stage. Zach Galifianakis plays the producer of the Broadway play in which Edward Norton and Naomi Watts are fellow actors. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu directs from a script he co-wrote with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo.

 

5. Rounders 2

  • Starring: Edward Norton and Matt Damon
  • Director: N/A
  • Release Date: N/A

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Here’s one to look forward to. Matt Damon and Edward Norton reunite for Rounders 2. The sequel finds the high stake poker players competing in Paris and Las Vegas. David Levien and Brian Koppelman return to script. There’s been no fresh news on this though, the latest was back on 2012:

“Brian [Koppelman] and David [Levien], who wrote the first one, have an idea for it, and we’ve been talking to Harvey Weinstein about maybe doing it, because Edward Norton wants to do it, I want to do it, and our director John Dahl, he’d love to do it,” Damon told us. “So we’re like, ‘Why don’t we just get everybody together and go do it, you know?'”
– Matt Damon

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