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First Look At Zoe Saldana in 70's Set Crime Drama "Blood Ties"

by Vanessa Martinez
June 13, 2012 10:15 AM
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Here is your first look at Zoe Saldana in the set of the crime drama Blood Ties, filming last week in Harlem, New York. Directed by Guillame Canet (Tell No One), the 1970-set ensemble film stars Clive Owen, Billy Crudup (pictured), Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, James Caan, and Noah Emmerich.

Blood Ties was acquired by Lionsgate at Cannes for theatrical distribution in the UK.

The film, based on Bruno and Michel Papet's French novel Les liens du sang, centers on Crudup's character, who asks his convict older brother, played by Clive Owen, to "go back into the underworld to help out the family.” 

The french novel in which this upcoming film is based on has been previously adapted to the screen, in the 2008 French film by the same name (Les liens du sang), also known as Rivals in the UK. In that French adaptation, Blood Ties' director Canet co-starred in the role played by Billy Cudrup in Canet's new screen adaptation.

Ties, penned by Canet and James Gray, is still in production and it's expected to be released sometime in 2013. 

Watch the trailer for the 2008 French screen adaptation Rivals. Below it, see the set pics below, courtesy of

 Not happy: Zoe's character later took out her anger and frustration on a car

Disco diva: Zoe was sporting a printed shirt, teal flares and clogs for her Seventies inspired ensemble

Warm: The Avatar star seemed smitten with Billy as they filmed the romantic scenes for the gangster thriller

Pensive: Weighty matters appeared to be being discussed at this point in the scene

Period piece: The duo seemed to relish donning their 70s outfits and walking on the beach for the upcoming gangster thriller

Lights, camera, action: The 33-year-old actress was tended to by a team of make up artists and production personnel

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  • Laura | June 13, 2012 10:44 AMReply

    Hey, that's Francois Cluzet, the actor in Omar Sy's film The Intouchable.

  • Nadine | June 13, 2012 10:25 AMReply

    Oh boy... I'm waiting for Kid Chaos to take this one on...

  • misha | June 13, 2012 6:29 PM

    Akimbo, you do know that Sergio patting himself on the back is nothing new, right? lol His "In Defense of Django" post is vintage Sergio. And Vanessa has never come off to me as someone who's interested in baiting. Sorry but I don't see it.

  • Akimbo | June 13, 2012 1:41 PM

    The majority of my posts here are about the projects, not about any one person or the site, so there's no campaign. I just noticed recently that some posts have intentionally courted controversy and the use of that picture was so blatant, that I had to comment. As soon as I did that, BOOM a Seewood editorial went up. Just funny.

  • CareyCarey | June 13, 2012 12:45 PM

    Akimbo, I don't know if I am more taken aback at your anti-Sergio campaign, or the fact that you see a devious collusion of S&A writer, but you're still here? Is this a case of misery loving company OR you can't get enough of that funky stuff?

  • Akimbo | June 13, 2012 11:17 AM

    It's coming and he'll just be a fool intentionally playing into S&A's hand. That picture, in which you can't even see Zoe's face, is total flame-bait. Same reason why they posted that pointless "In Defense of Django" article, pose some of those charged questions, post some of those questionable editorials, why Sergio keeps patting himself on the back for the Erykah Badu/Flaming Lips comment count, and why they posted that plea for everyone to share the sitepage views. Drama keeps us coming back for more and they, in turn, get more ad money. That's all well and good, but this (in addition to the umpteenth Django post) is just so transparent.

  • Laura | June 13, 2012 10:38 AM

    @Nadine. DON'T ENCOURAGE HIM. His mother probably was not born during that time.

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