Mark Ruffalo is set to pull double-duty on the upcoming drama “Sympathy for Delicious.”
The actor will make his feature directing debut with the movie, as well as co-star alongside James Franco and Chris Thornton.
The film, written by Thornton, follows a paralyzed and homeless DJ named “Delicious” Dean O’Dwyer who mysteriously acquires the ability to cure the sick, but not himself.
Thornton, a real-life paraplegic whose credits include “Pretty Persuasion” and guest spots on “Alias” and “My Name Is Earl,” will play the DJ.
Ruffalo will play a Jesuit priest who tries to help the suddenly famous healer come to terms with his limited powers, while Franco will play the frontman of a rock band who tries to exploit Delicious.
Production will begin this fall in Los Angeles.
Ruffalo most recently appeared in “Zodiac” and “Reservation Road,” and also stars in “Blindness,” which is set for a limited North American theatrical release in September.
Franco will soon hit the big screen in the comedy “Pineapple Express,” which opens this Friday.