Zoe Saldana & Mark Ruffalo Join Marital Drama 'Infinitely Polar Bear'
Though they're typically more interested in sci-fi action properties, last year J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production banner back the romantic comedy Morning Glory as their first venture outside of familiar territory. Then last October we learned Abrams would continue thinking outside of the mystery box by producing a marital drama called Infinitely Polar Bear, but it has nothing to do with "Lost." At the time, Mark Ruffalo was said to be the top candidate to star in the film, and now Vulture confirms his casting along with Zoe Saldana (Avatar) negotiating to play his wife in what looks to be a promising new drama.
The story follows a bipolar husband and father who goes off his medication, and then loses both his sanity and job while struggling to hold onto his marriage. Saldana would play his wife, who, after going back to work, ends up moving out of the house, leaving him alone with the kids. Writer Maya Forbes (Monsters vs. Aliens) scripted the drama and will also make her directorial debut with the film. It sounds like a dramatic version of Mr. Mom (the 80's comedy starring Michael Keaton), and with Ruffalo and Saldana playing the troubled couple, it definitely has my attention. This could mark a long period of collaboration between Saldana and Abrams as it's said she'll move on to Star Trek 2 right after shooting this, but that's hoping J.J. Abrams directs the sequel.