Things are currently looking really good for Mark Ruffalo. In addition to getting extremely positive early reviews for his performance as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, he’s just landed a role in the next film from Academy Award-nominated director Bennett Miller.
The actor is currently in talks for Foxcatcher, Miller’s follow up to last year’s Moneyball, according to Variety. As previously reported, the film is already set to star Steve Carell and Channing Tatum. The movie is based on the true story of John du Pont, heir to the du Pont fortune, who built his own wrestling training facility called Team Foxcatcher. Du Pont also happened to be a paranoid schizophrenic who murdered Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz. Carell will be playing du Pont and Tatum will portray Mark Schultz, David’s younger brother. Should he sign on Ruffalo will play the tragic David Schultz. Miller has been developing this project and will be working from a script by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (Capote).
Depending on where the story begins this could either be a very big or very small role for Ruffalo. Following the murder, du Pont had a two-day stand-off with the police. If the story focuses on that end of the crime than Ruffalo won’t be hanging around for long, but if it goes back a few years and looks at du Pont’s relationship with Schultz then it could be much bigger. We’ll have to wait to hear more details.
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