Thesp to join Gibson in crop-circle thriller
Mark Ruffalo (“You Can Count on Me”) is in negotiations to co-star with Mel Gibson in M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “Signs” for the Walt Disney Co.Gibson began negotiating several weeks ago. Story involves the mysterious sudden appearance of crop circles at a family farm in Pennsylvania. Like Shyamalan’s previous pics — “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable” — “Signs” has supernatural overtones (Daily Variety, May 21). Repped by CAA and manager Robert Stein, Ruffalo has wrapped DreamWorks’ Rod Lurie-helmed “The Castle,” in which he co-stars with Robert Redford. He also co-stars opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in “A View From the Top,” helmed by Bruno Barreto, to be released by Miramax, and is a co-star in the John Woo-helmed Nicolas Cage starrer “Windtalkers,” to be released by MGM later this year.