Ruffalo’s Sympathy Back on Track

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Mark Ruffalo’s Sympathy for Delicious is coming back together, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The indie feature, which is serving as Ruffalo’s directorial debut and was to have had James Franco in the cast, fell into limbo after the December death of Ruffalo’s brother, Scott.

The project is now back on track, with Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney among the leads. Production begins next week in Los Angeles.

The story, written by Christopher Thornton, follows a paralyzed DJ, struggling to survive on the streets of L.A., who turns to faith healing and mysteriously develops the ability to cure the sick — although not himself. The DJ then decides to cash in on his gift in exchange for his rock ‘n’ roll dreams.

Bloom, taking over for Franco, will play the frontman of a tough-as-nails rock band. Linney plays as the band’s manager working hard to stay relevant in a 21st century musical world.

Thornton, a theater actor who is paralyzed from the waist down, is playing the DJ, and Ruffalo plays a priest.