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Mark Ruffalo's 'Dry Run' Film Opens Nov. 22 As 'Dark Waters'

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Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway star in 'Dark Waters,' which was called 'Dry Run' when filmed here in January and February.

Mark Ruffalo's feature film about Cincinnati attorney Robert Bilott – which was shot here last winter – will premiere with a limited run on Nov. 22, the weekend before Thanksgiving. It will expand to more theaters the next week, Indie Wire says.

Originally called Dry Run, the film about the DuPont chemical pollution in West Virginia is now known as Dark Waters.

Ruffalo, a three-time Oscar nominee (Spotlight, The Kids are All Right, Foxcatcher) stars as Bilott, who sued DuPont in 1999 on behalf of a West Virginia farmer. Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables, The Princess Diaries, Ocean's Eight, The Dark Knight Rises) plays his wife.

Director Todd Haynes, who shot Carol with Cate Blanchett here in 2014, returned to Cincinnati in January with Carol collaborators Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler of Killer Films to make Dark Waters. Ruffalo also is a producer.

The screenplay was developed from Nathaniel Rich's New York Times Magazine article, "The Lawyer Who Became DuPont's Worst Nightmare" published on Jan. 6, 2016.

Deadline describes the film as following "a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world's largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family and his own life – to expose the truth."

Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Victor Garber and William Jackson Harper also star in the film.

Bilott, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, was interviewed for The Devil We Know documentarywhich premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.