Exclusive: Juliette Lewis Joins Mark Ruffalo’s ‘Sympathy For Delicious’

Academy Award-nominated actress Juliette Lewis is joining Mark Ruffalo’s “Sympathy For Delicious,” which is finally going to start lensing in December, the celebrated “What Doesn’t Kill You” actor told MTV News.

Ruffalo’s announcement comes four months after James Franco also broke the news to MTV of his involvement in the project but some four years after Ruffalo first began talking about the movie, an upside down hagiography at least somewhat based on one of Ruffalo’s close friends, paraplegic Chris Thornton.

“It’s a kind of social satire about a guy in a wheelchair who gets the gift to heal but he can’t heal himself so he takes it to start heal-a-palooza and prostitutes it for sex, drugs, rock and roll, and fame,” Ruffalo laughed of the movie’s plot, which in combination with my chat with Franco, proves it’s not a story that can be summed up in 30 seconds or less.

“Yeah, it’s a pretty quirky movie,” Ruffalo said in agreement.

Quirky, but definitely interesting, especially considering Ruffalo isn’t going all redemptive with the main character, who he insists has just one such moment in the film.

Ruffalo, who will also direct the movie, didn’t comment on who Lewis was playing.

Regardless, it’ll be good to see Lewis back on the big-screen. What do you think? Intrigued by the project? Sound off on your thoughts below.