Mark Ruffalo dives into a dual role, as shown in the first trailer for HBO‘s upcoming limited series, “I Know This Much Is True.” Ruffalo, who famously plays Bruce Banner/ Hulk in Marvel’s “Avengers” films, dials it up a notch to star in a double role as twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in this new drama about family, betrayal and forgiveness set in the 20th century. It looks to feature a dramatic turn from Ruffalo, begging the speculation whether this series will go the extra mile and make Emmy waves, especially for its lead.
The series is an adaptation of the 1998 best-selling novel written by Wally Lamb. The book follows the story and very different lives of two identical brothers, one who suffers from PTSD and one who is a paranoid schizophrenic. Derek Cianfrance (“Blue Valentine,” “The Place Beyond the Pines”) is the showrunner and director. The cast of the show also features Melissa Leo, Rosie O’Donnell, Archie Panjabi, Imogen Poots, Juliette Lewis, Kathryn Hahn, and Aisling Franciosi.
Cianfrance’s six-episode series will see Ruffalo return to television since the 2014 televised film, “The Normal Heart,” and 2000’s series, “The Beat,” prior to that. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in “The Normal Heart.” Ruffalo has also garnered a total of three Academy Awards this past decade for his supporting performances in “The Kids Are Alright,” “Foxcatcher” and the Best Picture-winning “Spotlight.” Last year, Ruffalo starred in “Avengers: Endgame” and the fall drama, “Dark Waters.” He is currently filming and voicing on Marvel and Disney+’s upcoming animated series, “What If…?” as part of Marvel’s growing Phase Four universe.
“I Know This Much Is True” premieres on HBO April 27.