Wahlberg, Saldana & Cotillard Have 'Blood Ties' to Guillaume Canet

November 2, 2011
Source: ScreenDaily

Mark Wahlberg / Zoe Saldana

French actor Guillaume Canet (Love Me If You Dare) has made waves in his homeland by moving on to directing films such as Tell No One (which will be remade by Ben Affleck) and his most recent film Little White Lies. Now ScreenDaily reports the filmmaker is set to make his English-language directing debut with the help of filmmaker James Gray (We Own the Night) working with him to write a remake of Jacques Maillot's 2008 film Blood Ties a film in which Canet originally starred in back in 2008. In addition, Canet's partner, the lovely Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana and Mark Wahlberg are all slated to star.

Though Canet starred in the original film, it's not clear if he'll step in front of the camera again to tell the story of two brothers, one a cop, the other a pimp and convicted criminal fresh out of prison who somehow manages to be the favorite of the family. With a cast like this, I'm willing to bet another big name actor will take the role of the opposing brother instead of Canet reprising his original performance, but it's not clear if the film will retain the 70's setting of the original thriller. Either way, this sounds like a promising English-language debut for Canet, especially rounding up a cast with this much talent.

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