The Oscar winner (and four time nominee) has joined Dito Montiel’s “Boulevard,” which will be the “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints” director’s fifth feature and follow-up to the recently wrapped “Empire State.” Williams will play a character named Nolan Mack, who is a devoted husband forced to confront his secrets after encountering an emotionally-closed young man called Leo (played by relative unknown Roberto Aguire). The script has been penned by Douglas Soesbe (whose most recent credit was the TV movie “Look Again” starring Morena Baccarin) and is described as an intimate drama about marriage and lies.
Just a brief look at the two casts suggests that this is a change of pace for Montiel, whose "Empire State" stars Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth and follows a pair of childhood friends who plan to rob an armored car depository and the NYPD officer who stands against them. However, both projects sound interesting, and it’s certainly nice to see Williams getting a meaty lead role (considering how good he was last time out in the aforementioned "World’s Greatest Dad"). What we would like to see though is Williams go down the straight comedy route again, and not in some nonsense like "Old Dogs" but on a project that has other legitimately talented people attached to it. For now though, just seeing more of Williams than we have in the last few years will have to be good enough.