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Original Stars Not To Be In Action Movie Sequels

It seems that a movie’s sequel is in the works just hours after it hits theaters. While most actors and actresses agree to reprise their roles (usually for a considerable pay increase), in other cases the star opts not to return for the second or either third sequels. This is the rumored case for fourth “Terminator”, the third “Mummy” and the second “Incredible Hulk” movies.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in the three popular “Terminator” movies will not reprise his role for the fourth film. The next installment, which is set for release in 2009, is currently in pre-production with no definite cast announced.

The third “Mummy” movie is set to hit theaters in July 2008. While it looks like Brendan Fraser will reprise his role as Rick O’Connell, the rest of the cast will be new. Maria Bello will take over the role of Rick’s wife and fellow adventurer, Evelyn, who was originally portrayed by Rachel Weisz. The title character will be portrayed by Jet Li.

2003’s “Hulk” starred Eric Bana in the title role of Bruce Banner who turned into the green monster when riled. Edward Norton will portray Bruce Banner/The Hulk in “The Incredible Hulk” which is set to debut in June 2008.

Is this the first time that the main cast hasn’t appeared in a film’s sequel? No. Some memorable sequels sans a main cast member include:

- “Hannibal”, the 2001 sequel to “Silence of the Lambs”. While Anthony Hopkins returned to portray Hannibal Lecter, Jodie Foster opted not to reprise her role as Clarice Starling and was replaced by Julianne Moore.

- “Speed 2: Cruise Control”, which was the sequel to the hit movie “Speed”. “Speed” starred Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. Jason Patric starred opposite Bullock in the sequel.

- “28 Weeks Later” was the sequel to 28 Days Later. Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Megan Burns all survived the original movie. But Robert Carlyle starred in the sequel.

- 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious” starred Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Vin Diesel opted out of the 2003 sequel “2 Fast 2 Furious” which starred Walker and Tyrese Gibson. It was Lucas Black who starred in the third installment, 2006’s “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”.

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