Some actors lend a special cache to a film or television production just by the sheer heft and reputation of their body of work. If pressed to name one of the better character actors to come down the pike in Hollywood in the last twenty-thirty years, Mark Ruffalo would easily place in my vaunted Top Five (The others, in no particular order: John C. Reilly, Steve Buscemi, Paul Giamatti and Steven Williams). To be for sure, his journeyman work in such projects as Spotlight, Foxcatcher and Shutter Island stand tall with comparable efforts from legendary thespians as Ward Bond, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Ross Martin (an actor who Ruffalo actually resembles physically). Ruffalo has an exciting and raw energy to his acting that can class up any flick he’s cast in and things only get better when he’s actually thrown meaty and substantive roles.
Director Yorgos Lanthimos is kicking off the new week with what has to count as a spot of great luck: His latest flick Poor Things is stacking the decks of its production with some of the best and brightest acting wattage that Hollywood has to offer: Revealed this weekend from our buddies over at Variety is the news that three time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac, Reservation Road) will be joining fellow thespians Willem Dafoe (himself a four time Oscar nominee and the star of such films as Platoon and The English Patient) and Oscar winner Emma Stone (Birdman, La La Land) in the Greek film director’s latest project.
So, what exactly is Poor Things about and why should you go check it out? Set in the bodice-ripping Victorian-era, Yorgos Lanthimos’ (The Lobster, Dogtooth) latest turn behind the camera is about a young lady by the name of Belle Baxter (essayed by Stone) who – in a very Mary Shelley-like twist – is revived from the dead by an oddball and brilliant scientist.
Penning the script for Poor Things is super-scribe Tony McNamara of Moving Wallpaper fame. Lanthimos will also serve as a producer on the new film while also directing. This new production will reunite director and scripter: Both talents worked alongside one another in the Oscar nominated opus The Favourite.
Poor Things will be dropping into your local multiplex courtesy of Searchlight Pictures, Element Pictures and Film 4. Stay tuned to your fellow Mark Ruffalo fans here at Vents for an official drop date!