Ben Affleck & Rachel Weisz Starring in Terrence Malick's Next?
What the heck is Terrence Malick up to? Although we haven't even seen his latest film, The Tree of Life, which no one knows when we even will see it or even what the heck it's even about, that's not stopping the filmmaker from starting work on his next film. The Wrap reports that Malick has already begun casting and location scouting for his latest currently untitled project. Oscar winners Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz have reportedly joined the cast and interesting reports from various remote shooting locations are starting to trickle in, too. This is that same "romance" project announced in February at the Berlin Film Festival.
In that original announcement, Malick's next project was described as a "romantic drama" and a "powerful and moving love story." But as anyone who's seen Malick's work knows, referring to one of his films as just a "romance" isn't exactly accurate, as there's always a lot more depth to them. Christian Bale, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko were all announced originally, but word is that Affleck is replacing Bale, and Weisz may just be joining (not replacing anyone). Production is scheduled to begin the first week of October in Oklahoma, which is where some odd celebrity reports have been popping up recently as well.
Our friends at AICN point out that TulsaWorld.com recent published an article saying that Ben Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner were spotted at a local store in Bartlesville, OK buying fishing supplies. Malick grew up in Bartlesville and apparently Christian Bale and Rachel McAdams were also spotted in the same area last year, scouting for this exact Malick film, which is why it makes sense that Affleck has replaced Bale and is out getting familiar with the area as well. Affleck apparently told an employee at the fishing shop hat he was filming a movie in Bartlesville, playing a fisherman, and needed to buy some fishing equipment.
Considering Malick's projects are always very secretive, that's about as much as we'll probably know about this until he finishes editing it some two or three years from now. It's always interesting to learn about the next project from someone as incredible as Terrence Malick (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World), but I'm more interested in figuring out when we'll finally get to feast our eyes on Tree of Life. We'll keep you updated on anything related to Malick and his two upcoming films, so stay tuned here.