Mark Ruffalo will make his feature directing debut on Sympathy for Delicious, says Variety.
Ruffalo will star with James Franco and Chris Thornton. Production begins this fall in Los Angeles, and the film is fully financed by new company Corner Store Entertainment.
Thornton, who wrote the script, plays "Delicious" Dean O'Dwyer, a paralyzed DJ struggling to survive in his wheelchair on the streets of L.A. He turns to faith-healing and mysteriously acquires the ability to cure the sick -- although not himself. Ruffalo plays a Jesuit priest who tries to help him come to terms with the limits of his gift, and Franco a rock singer in a band that exploits the suddenly famous healer.
The movie will be produced by Andrea Sperling, Matthew Weaver, Scott Prissand, Ruffalo and Thornton, with Robert Stein and Joanne Jacobson executive producers.