Billy Crudup, Clive Owen & More Form 'Blood Ties' for 1970's Thriller
With studios pushing toward the two budget extremes lately, it seemed for a while as if everything in the middle was being left behind. But if you've been following the site for the past few months, you know that practically every six or seven posts we write about a new crime thriller in development, so perhaps that middle ground is having a bit of a renaissance. THR brings news of another addition to the genre called Blood Ties. Set in the 1970s, it follows a younger brother (Billy Crudup) who must ask his convict older brother (Clive Owen) to get involved with the underworld again in order to help their family. More below!
Guillaume Canet is directing, and after seeing his fantastic French thriller Tell No One, I'm psyched to see what he'll do with an American project. Canet wrote this script along with We Own The Night director James Gray. Canet's wife Marion Cotillard has also joined the cast, along with Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, and James Caan. Interest, consider yourself piqued. In all honesty, though, I would have been thrilled with just Owen and Crudup in this cast. Crudup, especially, is high on my personal list of actors to watch, because he's done some truly terrific work in a career I feel is undervalued. I think Big Fish is his best mainstream work, but check out 2007's little-seen Dedication for a good change of pace. Sound good?