The thriller Blackbird, starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde as cop-killing thieves on the run, has cast the role of a father and daughter who have the misfortune of crossing paths with the criminal couple. The father will be played by none other than “Everwood”‘s very own Treat Williams. For the billions of people not familiar with Mr. Williams’ “Everwood” work, he also established a name for himself as the poor man’s Tom Berenger, having filled in for Berenger in the three straight-to-video-and-TV sequels to The Substitute. For those unfamiliar with The Substitute or any of its sequels….screw it. Here’s Treat Williams’ IMDB page.
Williams’ onscreen daughter will be played by Kate Mara, who has appeared in Iron Man 2, happythankyoumoreplease, and most notably, 127 Hours along with Williams, though they shared no scenes. She also has a role in the promising comedy Peep World, which will be released this spring.
Blackbird is directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, who won the 2008 Best Foreign Language Picture Oscar for The Counterfeiters. It will start shooting next month in Canada and is anticipated to get a Sundance release around February of next year.
Is it possible that Treat Williams’ father character could defeat the criminals and become the star of countless Blackbird sequels and spinoffs, establishing Treat as Hollywood’s most bankable actor, as I’ve always felt he is?