Franco Out, Bloom In; Ruffalo’s Directorial Debut

I think I speak for everyone here in the RowThree offices when I say we’re big fans of Mark Ruffalo. He’s been real smart with the films he chooses to appear in and so far… so great.

He’s great enough that I was pleased when I learned he was going to take a shot being on the other side of the camera, directing a dramedy entitled, Sympathy for Delicious. Even better yet is the cast he managed to sign on to the project: James Franco, the great Laura Linney, Juliette Lewis and of course Ruffalo himself.

Today though I was dismayed to learn that Franco is out of the production and someone new is taking his place: Orlando Bloom. Well, unless Linney really carries the film or Ruffalo somehow manages to get something out of Bloom we’ve not seen before, huge demerits are earned with this casting (un)development.

a brief synopsis:

The story, written by Christopher Thornton, follows a paralyzed DJ, struggling to survive on the streets of LA, 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.

So Bloom is to play a “tough as nails frontman for a rock band” instead of Franco? Whatev dude. Ah well, I still really look forward to seeing what Ruffalo can do from the director’s chair. The film is scheduled to start shooting next week.