Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
Ben Kingsley and Mark Ruffalo have joined the cast of Martin Scorsese‘s Shutter Island. Based on the Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone) novel, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, who travels to Shutter Island, a small island in Massachusetts’ Outer Harbor, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to find an escaped murderous patient in the Summer of 1954. Ruffalo will play DiCaprio’s partner U.S. Marshal Chuck Aule. And I’ll let the official plot description take over:
“But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. And neither is Teddy Daniels. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe’s radical approach to psychiatry? The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island. Because someone is trying to drive them insane. . .”
Kingsley will portray the mental hospital’s chief physician. Ruffalo joined the cast last week, but for some reason or another, we never got around to reporting it. Laeta Kalogridis’ (Alexander, Pathfinder, James Cameron’s Battle Angel) screenplay was finished before the writers strike began, and Scorsese hopes to start production in March in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Nova Scotia.