Mark Ruffalo, who won a well-deserved Emmy for his dual turn as troubled twins in HBO’s miniseries I Know This Much Is True, is returning to the network to star in a new limited series from Mare of Easttown creator Brad Ingelsby that will follow a task force of law enforcement officials as it hunts down criminals.
It’s unclear whether Ruffalo will play a good guy or a bad guy, but either way, I’m pumped, as he’s one of the best actors working today, and he appears to be in good hands with Ingelsby, whose crime drama Mare of Easttown was utterly fantastic.
Ingelsby wrote the untitled series prior to the Writers Strike and he’ll executive produce under his overall deal with HBO, while Ruffalo will executive produce alongside series director Jeremiah Zagar (We the Animals) and wiip’s Paul Lee and Mark Roybal. Nicole Jordan-Webber and Public Record’s Jeremy Yaches will serve as co-executive producers, though the show doesn’t have a start date yet due to the volatile nature of the industry at the moment.
“We are absolutely thrilled to once again join forces with Brad Ingelsby, the brilliant auteur behind Mare of Easttown,” HBO’s Francesca Orsi said in a statement. “Brad’s boundless creativity and unrivaled ability to captivate audiences is nothing short of inspiring, and we cannot be more excited to embark on another journey together. When the opportunity arose to partner with Mark on another series, we all jumped at the chance to witness him once again breathe great humanity into a new role. We are also honored to collaborate with Jeremiah, an unparalleled director whose deep understanding of visual storytelling will only elevate this project to new heights. The convergence of these talents is so exciting, and we cannot wait to share this story with the world.”
Ruffalo starred in Ryan Murphy’s Emmy-winning AIDS drama The Normal Heart for HBO prior to starring in I Know This Much Is True — both of which are devastating in their own way. He also has three Oscar nominations under his belt for Spotlight, Foxcatcher, and The Kids Are All Right. He previously played a cop in Collateral, a detective in Zodiac, a U.S. Marshal in Shutter Island, and an FBI agent in Now You See Me. He’s represented by UTA and Lighthouse Management & Media.
Ingelsby’s Mare of Easttown, which was also produced by wiip, was nominated for 16 Emmys, winning four. Ingelsby also wrote the Ben Affleck alcoholism drama The Way Back, the Christian Bale movie Out of the Furnace, and the Liam Neeson-led action-thriller Run All Night. He’s repped by CAA and LBI, while Zagar and Yaches are repped by WME.