Mark Ruffalo Plans To Take Down A Corrupt Chemical Company In Dark Waters Trailer

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For Mark Ruffalo, it’s either dramas based on true stories or a truly fantastical film. Bless him, we love that he has no in between for his projects.

His latest drama based on a true story, Dark Waters, released its first trailer today. We have a feeling that Ruffalo may appear in the Best Actor category during awards season. Call it a gut feeling.

In the film, Ruffalo plays Robert Billot, who in real life took on the DuPont Chemical Company after he made the connection that said company was poisoning a small town’s drinking water via harmful pollutants. Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, and Bill Pullman also star in the film.

The film itself was based on an article on the case from The New York Times Magazine The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare“. It was later adapted into a screenplay by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan.

You can check out the trailer for the film, which was directed by Todd Haynes (Carol) below.


The film and role makes perfect sense for Ruffalo, who has used his raised platform courtesy of his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to champion his long-standing causes for the environment and climate change.

When he dropped the trailer on his Instagram earlier, Ruffalo captioned it with “This one is special to me. It’s the story of a real-life hero. And some heroes have their strength on the inside.⁣”

Dark Waters will be released on Nov. 29.

Bec Heim