The official trailer for the Dark Waters has landed. Directed by Cannes winner Todd Haynes and starring Mark Ruffalo, the drama is based on the Nathanial Rich’s 2016 New York Times Magazine article, The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare.
Dark Waters follow Robert Bilott (Ruffalo), a corporate defense attorney who takes on an environmental lawsuit against DuPont Chemical Company. He eventually uncovers the conglomerate’s decades-long history of chemical pollution and its connection to a growing number of unexplained deaths in a small town. As he battles to expose the truth, he puts his career, his family and his life at risk against big players who are more than happy to permanently shut him up.
Joining Ruffalo is Anne Hathaway as his wife Sarah Bilott, along with William Jackson Harper of The Good Place, Alias‘ Victor Garber, Bill Pullman of Independence Day, The Shawshank Redemption’s Tim Robbins, American Horror Story’s Mare Winningham and Bill Camp of 12 Years a Slave. Mario Correa and Matthew Carnahan co-wrote the script alongside Christine Vachon as the film’s producer and Ed Lachman as the cinematographer.
The true story of the DuPont scandal goes back as early as the ’50s, when the company began producing a non-biodegradable chemical called C8. After learning that it was linked to a myriad of deadly diseases, they continued to produce it, threw it in the ocean and bury it in toxic waste drums near the Ohio River. The company began to secretively collect local tap water in 1984 and discovered that C8 had made its way into public drinking water supplies in Ohio and West Virginia, and despite the effects, DuPont continued their production of the chemical, even increasing its production numbers.
Watch the full trailer above. Dark Waters hit theaters November 22.
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