Also joining cast on Participant’s prestige-looking feature are Bill Camp (Vice), Victor Garber (Argo), Mare Winningham (The Affair), William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) and Bill Pullman (Independence Day).
Production will get under way next week in Cincinnati on the film, which is inspired by the true story of corporate defense attorney Robert Bilott, played by Ruffalo, whose environmental suit against DuPont exposed a decades-long history of chemical pollution. Participant also optioned the life rights of Bilott.
Based on Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times Magazine’s article The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare, script comes from Matthew Carnahan and Mario Correa. Ruffalo will produce the film with Killer Films’ Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon. Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King will executive produce, along with Michael Sledd. Bilott will serve as a consultant, with Participant’s Robert Kessel overseeing development and production on behalf of the company.
Lionsgate handles international sales and scored widespread deals at the AFM. Focus Features has U.S. rights.
Participant, which teamed up with Ruffalo on investigative drama and Oscar-winner Spotlight, recently won five Golden Globes for Green Book and Best Foreign Language Film for Roma.
Hathaway is represented by CAA and Management 360. Robbins and Pullman are represented by ICM. Ruffalo is repped by UTA and Lighthouse Management & Media. Harper is represented by AC Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Garber is represented by Industry Entertainment. Camp and Winningham are represented by Innovative Artists.