Mark Ruffalo Drops Out of Film, Replaced by Ben Stiller

Following the death of Mark Ruffalo’s brother after an alleged game of Russian roullette last week, the actor has dropped out of starring in the comedy-drama Greenburg, reports Reuters.

The film is being directed by Noah Baumbach, who previously helmed The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding. Plot details for Greenburg are being kept under wraps.

Ben Stiller, 43, is expected to replace Ruffalo, 41. Female lead Amy Adams has also dropped out of the film, though no reason was given why. So far there’s no word of her replacement.

Ruffalo’s 39-year-old brother Scott Ruffalo was found in his Beverly Hills condo on December 1 after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. He died on December 8.

Shaha Mishaal Adham had been the prime suspect in the shooting case, as she was present at Scott Ruffalo’s home on December 1. She turned herself in to authorities on Monday, but was cleared of any wrongdoing. It was determined Scott had accidentally shot himself while playing a game of Russian roulette.

In perhaps a cruel twist of fate, Mark Ruffalo’s latest film, the crime/drama What Doesn’t Kill, is out in theaters tomorrow.