Mark Ruffalo will soon be wrestling with the truth.
The future "Avenger" is set to trade the ever-iconic "Hulk Smash!!" for some Olympic wrestling moves as he signs on to join director Bennett Miller's new drama, "Foxcatcher," according to The Playlist.
"Foxcatcher" is based on the strange but true story of John du Pont (Steve Carell), a stamp-collecting, bird-watching millionaire and paranoid schizophrenic who built a wrestling training facility (known as Team Foxcatcher) on his 800-acre Pennsylvania estate. In 1996, he murdered Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz, a longtime friend whom du Pont believed was part of an international conspiracy to kill him.
Ruffalo will be playing the role of David Schultz, a part that many believed would be played by Channing Tatum. Tatum will actually be taking on the role of David's younger brother, Mark.
"Foxcatcher" was originally planned to be Bennett Miller's follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Capote," but he ended up playing "Moneyball" first instead. This definitely makes for quite the return to bizarre true-crime territory for the director after taking on the story of the incidents surrounding Truman Capote's writing of his influential book, "In Cold Blood."
Mark Ruffalo, a master of the thespian expression known as the "Worry Face," will next be seen as Bruce Banner (and his big green id-driven alter ego) in "The Avengers," opening May 4. He's also got Stuart Blumberg's "Thanks For Sharing" opening on Aug. 9 and Louis Letterier's "Now You See Me" appearing in theaters on Jan. 18, 2013.
"Foxcatcher" is set to commence with production in Pittsburgh this October, which means it's probably looking at an awards-friendly release sometime in the fall of 2013.