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Mark Ruffalo Joins Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Poor Things’ With Emma Stone

Willem Dafoe also joins the Victorian-era film set at Searchlight and Film4

Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo has joined Emma Stone in the cast of “Poor Things,” the next film from “The Favourite” director Yorgos Lanthimos, Searchlight Pictures announced Friday.

Willem Dafoe has also joined the film that’s set up at Searchlight and Film4. Lanthimos’ film is an adaptation of the novel “Poor Things” by Alasdair Grey. Tony McNamara, the screenwriter on “The Favourite” and the Hulu series “The Great,” is writing the script.

“Poor Things” is set in the Victorian era and stars Stone as Belle Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by an eccentric, brilliant scientist. 

“Poor Things” is produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures, Film4, Emma Stone through her Fruit Tree banner and Yorgos Lanthimos are also producing.

Lanthimos is the director of “The Lobster,” “Dogtooth” and the Best Picture nominee “The Favourite,” which won an Oscar for Olivia Colman and grossed over $95 million worldwide for Searchlight.

Ruffalo is a three-time Academy Award nominee for his roles in “Foxcatcher,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “Spotlight.” He recently won an Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in the HBO series “I Know This Much is True.” Next up, Ruffalo will be seen reprising his role as Bruce Banner in the Marvel series “She-Hulk” and starring alongside Ryan Reynolds and Jennifer Garner in the Netflix feature “The Adam Project.”

Mark Ruffalo is represented by Lighthouse Management, UTA, Relevant and Keith Klevan.

Collider first reported the news of Ruffalo’s casting.