Why Can’t Michelle Williams Ever Star in a Happy Movie?


There’s something about Michelle Williams that makes us want to give her a great big hug. Maybe it’s the delicate Rosemary’s Baby-inspired look that she has been sporting lately. Part of it probably has to do with the tragic way things ended for her ex-husband, Heath Ledger. But then there’s also the fact that Williams seems drawn to some of the saddest roles available to a young actress in Hollywood. And we’re not just talking about her recent Oscar-nominated turn in Blue Valentine; just think about the characters she played in last year’s Shutter Island, Wendy and Lucy, or Brokeback Mountain.

The newly-debuted trailer for Meek’s Cutoff, a film that reunites Williams with her Wendy and Lucy director Kelly Reichardt, is no different. As Vulture notes, the action is set in the free-wheelin’ American frontier of the mid-19th century and “it looks like they’re losing a game of Oregon Trail.” Despite looking like a bit of a downer, the critical buzz from the multiple festivals where it has screened so far has all been positive; the film is set to hit theaters in limited release April 8, 2011. Click through to check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments.