As Variety reports that Worldview Entertainment will come in and finance Guillaume Canet‘s Blood Ties, we’ve also learned that a few new names have been added to this terrific lineup. While Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) has been confirmed — following some rumors that the Belgian was up for consideration — it’s said that Lili Taylor and Domenick Lombardozzi (The Wire) will jump right into the fray.
Canet co-wrote the ’70s-set Blood Ties with James Gray — the both of them having, at the same time, adapted a French novel, Les Liens Du Sang — which centers on “a younger brother (Billy Crudup) who has to ask his convict older brother (Clive Owen) to go back into the underworld to help out the family.” Mila Kunis, James Caan, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, and Noah Emmerich fill out the cast as lovers, fathers, and shady figures. (None are all three, fortunately.)
And when we speak in terms of this new casting, I’m even more optimistic. Taylor‘s been out of the feature loop lately (save for March’s Being Flynn) — but a solid crime drama could help to get her back in motion — and Lombardozzi, meanwhile, showed skill in perfecting the everyman cop for five seasons on The Wire. Why not just give him that role again? For myself, it’d only be another notch in Blood Ties‘ belt.
Does this news leave you any more optimistic about Blood Ties?
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