Matthias Schoenaerts was cast after starring opposite Marion Cotillard (who is the partner of director Guillaume Canet) in Rust and Bone (2012). Canet has said that he chose Schoenaerts after hearing Cotillard praising his acting several times. Schoenaerts and Canet had met up briefly on the set of "Rust and Bone", when Canet went to visit Cotillard.
This family crime drama is set during the 1970s. In a supporting role in this film is actor James Caan, who starred as Sonny Corleone in the two 1970s Academy Award winning Best Picture family crime dramas, 'The Godfather' (1972) and 'The Godfather: Part II' (1974). 'Blood Ties' is set in the year of 1974 which is when the second 'Godfather' film premiered.
James Caan's character is called 'Leon', a name which forms part of the spelling of 'Corleone', the name famously associated with the Godfather movies, of which Caan co-starred as Sonny Corleone, in both 'The Godfather' (1972) and 'The Godfather: Part II' (1974) .
This family crime drama is set during the 1970s. Actress Mila Kunis is well known for starring in the television series 'That '70s Show'. Kunis starred in two hundred episodes of the show between 1998 and 2006.