Ruffalo will star with James Franco and Chris Thornton. Production begins this fall in Los Angeles, and the pic is fully financed by new company Corner Store Entertainment.
Thornton, who wrote the script, plays “Delicious” Dean O’Dwyer, a paralyzed DJ struggling to survive in his wheelchair on the streets of L.A. He turns to faith-healing and mysteriously acquires the ability to cure the sick — although not himself. Ruffalo plays a Jesuit priest who tries to help him come to terms with the limits of his gift, and Franco a rock singer in a band that exploits the suddenly famous healer.
For some reason this is vaguely reminding me of Paul Schrader’s Touch (1997), based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. But I haven’t seen that film or read that book in over a decade, and of course I haven’t seen Ruffalo’s film because it hasn’t even been made yet, so who knows, it might turn out that the two stories don’t really have all that much in common.