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Mark Ruffalo and Emma Stone are joining Yorgos Lanthimos' next film, titled Poor Things, which is being described as a “re-imagining of Frankenstein.” Ruffalo is still fresh off his Golden Globe-winning dual-role in HBO’s miniseries, I Know This Much Is True, and the Hulk actor has already found his next role to sink his teeth into. Ruffalo will also soon reprise his fan-favorite role as Bruce Banner in the Disney+ series She-Hulk, coupled with voicing the green beast in an episode of What If...?. The three-time Academy Award nominee also recently wrapped shooting on Netflix's star-studded time travel movie The Adam Project with Ryan Reynolds.

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Poor Things will reunite Ruffalo's co-star Emma Stone with director Yorgos Lanthimos after their 2018 critical hit The Favourite, an eccentric historical drama/black comedy that also starred Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz. The film saw its three female leads nominated, but it was Colman who surprisingly took home the Oscar prize for her oddball portrayal of Queen Anne. After The Favourite’s glowing reception by critics and the Academy, expectations are certainly sky-high for Lanthimos' feature film follow-up, Poor Things.

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The exciting news of Lanthimos’s next feature starring Ruffalo and Stone comes from a Collider exclusive. Poor Things, described as a riff on Mary Shelley’s seminal early 19th-century novel Frankenstein, will star Stone as Bella Baxter, a supposed stand-in for the monster. Bella is “a beautiful, volatile erotomaniac” who drowns herself to escape her abusive husband, but is brought back to life with the brain of an infant. Ruffalo’s role, on the other hand, is currently undisclosed.

Poor Things is being adapted by Tony McNamara based on a book of the same name by the popular Scottish author Alasdair Gray. Lanthimos and McNamara previously collaborated on The Favourite. According to Collider, Gray’s book has been described as a “hilarious political allegory, a send-up of Victorian literature, and a thought-provoking duel between the desires of men and the independence of women."

Based on this description of Poor Things, it sounds like there is a lot of meat on that bone for Lanthimos and McNamara to work with. The Greek auteur is one the most exquisite and original filmmakers working today, so it will be intriguing to see what he can do with such fascinating source material as Poor Things and two incredibly accomplished actors in Stone and Ruffalo.

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