Robin Williams Fronts Dito Montiel's Boulevard
It's kind of jarring to realize that Robin Williams hasn't been seen in a movie since 2009's Old Dogs, a critically reviled comedy that took more than a year and a half to find its way to theaters. But 2013 will offer plenty of chances at redemption for the Oscar-winning actor as he is slated to appear in four features: the comedy The Big Wedding, the dramedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, the romance Look of Love, and the historical drama The Butler. With the last of these recently wrapped, Williams has set his sights on his next venture Boulevard, the fifth film from director Dito Montiel.
Camellia Entertainment describes the movie as an intimate drama about marriage and lies. Penned by Douglas Soesbe, the story centers on Nolan Mack, a devoted husband who ambles along within his marriage of convenience until a chance meeting with a guarded young man named Leo forces him to face up to his own secrets. Williams will tackle the role of Nolan, while up-and-comer Roberto Aguire will play Leo.
From the sound of it Boulevard could be a chance for Williams to return to the kind of hard-hitting drama roles that won him Oscar attention. But moreover, this is a major opportunity for Aguire, considering Montiel has a history of helping launch ingendudes to great heights.
The New York-based writer-director is best known for his debut feature, A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, an autobiographical drama that starred a young and brooding Channing Tatum. The film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, beginning a successful fest tour, where it picked up much praise for Montiel and Tatum. The two went on to reteam for 2009's Fighting and 2011's The Son of No One, but neither movie received the kind of praise of his first effort. In fact, they were widely scorned by critics. Still, all three drew notice to Tatum, who is now undeniably a major Hollywood player.
Montiel has fared less well, but is currently writing his own comeback story. In 2013, he'll reveal his fourth film, Empire State, a heist flick starring Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth. Plus Boulevard is now officially in pre-production, and already has what looks to be a promising cast. So things are looking up for all involved.
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