Though he’ll next be seen playing a scientist with anger management issues in The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo is looking to next play a full-blown wrestler for an upcoming role. Variety reports that Ruffalo is in talks to join Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s drama Foxcatcher. The film tells the true story of John du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic who built a wrestling training facility on his 800-acre Pennsylvania estate where he subsequently shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz in 1996. Heir to his family’s chemical fortune, du Pont locked himself in his mansion for two days after murdering his friend, and spent the time on the phone with negotiators. Hit the jump for more.
Steve Carell is onboard to play du Pont, and Variety reports that Ruffalo would play Schultz. Channing Tatum is also attached to star, though contrary to previous reports he’ll be playing David Schultz’s brother Mark, not the victim of du Pont’s crime. Moneyball was my favorite film of 2011 so I was already high on this project, but the addition of Ruffalo is icing on the cake. The affable actor has incredible range, and it should be wildly intriguing to watch him play off of an unstable Carell.
Production is set to get underway this October in Pittsburg, before which Ruffalo will shoot director Ryan Murphy’s 1980s-set drama The Normal Heart, centering on the HIV/AIDS community in New York. Ruffalo is also set to star in Once director John Carney’s Can a Song Save Your Life? alongside Avengers castmate Scarlett Johnasson. Production on that film is also poised to begin this summer. Though Ruffalo looks to have a busy year, the guy has some genuinely fascinating projects in the works.