Well, now. Terrence Malick may have been out of the public eye for the lengthy gap between The New World and The Tree Of Life but he clearly was keeping busy. A notorious perfectionist seemingly as well known for the lengthy gaps between his films as for his films themselves, Malick has been on a tear lately and the rapid pace of new projects is not slowing down any time soon.
After directing only four feature films between 1973 and 2010, Malick may very well end up doubling his total career output in 2011, 2012 and 2013 alone.
When Malick returned to the big screen with his Cannes-winning The Tree Of Life fans were already buzzing about his as-yet untitled other new movie, one already shot and in post-production starring Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz. Well, that one's coming out in 2012 and he's got another already gearing up to shoot.
Twitch has learned that Malick has just cast Christian Bale to take the lead in another as-yet untitled project due to shoot in early 2012. Malick and Bale's interest in one another is already a matter of public record - Bale was initially attached to the project currently in post and was later replaced by Affleck and the two worked together previously on The New World - so while the fact that Malick already has another project gearing up comes as a surprise the fact that he would look to Bale for the lead does not.
Our sources also tell us that this will be a much smaller cast than the project Malick currently has in post, the story driven by a pair of dominant leads, one male and one female. Word is Malick is currently making a decision between a quartet of young actresses - Rooney Mara, Haley Bennet, Clemence Poesy and Mia Wasikowska - for the female lead. The presence of producer Sarah Green on the project means this may be the previously rumored Voyage Of Time, but given that Voyage is already a known title and this has gone out as untitled means they are most likely two separate projects.
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