The Tracking Board is reporting that Mark Ruffalo (Thor: Ragnarok) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) are in talks to star in director Pablo Larrain’s (Jackie) next film The True American.
Based on Anand Giriharadas’ non-fiction book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, the film takes place in Texas in the days following 9/11 and follows “Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force veteran who narrowly survived a killing spree that took the lives of two other immigrants. Employed at a Dallas-area convenience store as he established himself in America, Bhuiyan worked to have his attacker, self-proclaimed ‘Arab slayer’ Mark Stroman, spared from execution.”
Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) was previously attached to direct the film with Tom Hardy (Dunkirk) and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) set to star. Bigelow remains attached to produce alongside Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman of Annapurna Pictures, as well as Larrain’s producing partner Juan de Dios Larraín.
Mark Ruffalo is set to return next month as Bruce Banner for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, while Nanjiani reprises his role as Dinesh in the new season of Silicon Valley, and is also developing a remake of My Beautiful Laundrette, as well as the TV series Little America.