Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins have joined previously announced Mark Ruffalo on Participant’s untitled drama about the lawyer who took on Big Pharma company DuPont.
Principal photography is scheduled to commence in Cincinnati next week. Todd Haynes will direct from a screenplay by Matthew Carnahan and Mario Correa based on Nathaniel Rich’s The New York Times article, ‘The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare’.
Ruffalo will play Robert Bilott, the corporate defence lawyer who filed an environmental case against DuPont and exposed a long history of chemical pollution. Bilott will serve as a consultant on the film, and Participant has optioned his life rights.
Hathaway will play Bilott’s wife, Sarah Bilott, and Robbins will portray Tom Terp, managing partner of the law firm where Bilott works, Taft.
Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper and Bill Pullman have also joined the project. Ruffalo is producing with Killer Films’ Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon.
Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King are executive producers along with Michael Sledd. Participant’s Robert Kessel is overseeing production on behalf of the company.
Participant won five Golden Globes on Sunday (6) including best picture – musical or comedy for Green Book and best foreign language film for ROMA.