Already murdered by DuPont fortune heir John du Pont in Foxcatcher, Mark Ruffalo is back for another round against the chemical giant in Todd Haynes’ typically prestige-y latest, Dark Waters.
Based on the 2016 New York Times article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare,” the film sees Ruffalo as Rob Bilott, a corporate defense attorney doing his damnedest to fight environmental reform. When a farmer opens his eyes to the harm DuPont’s runoff is doing to the livestock—and people—of a small West Virginia town, he’s convinced to risk his life by going up against the very company he’s been defending. Various pithy, well-worn man-against-the-establishment legal thriller lines soon follow.
Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, and Bill Pullman co-star. It seeps into theaters November 22. Better luck this time, Ruff!