So Terrence Malick IS Going to Take On the Austin, TX Music Scene
Get ready Austin, Terrence Malick is going to make you popular. We've been following updates on auteur Terrence Malick's two back-to-back films shooting in Texas throughout this year. Last year, after Malick and Christian Bale were caught filming at Austin City Limits, FilmNation thwarted the attention by announcing the two films - but only the names, Lawless and Knight of Cups. Not to be confused with his other, still untitled, in-the-can film either. Thanks to an update on the FilmNation site (via The Playlist) we now have a very short logline for Lawless, starring Ryan Gosling, and it confirms one thing: it's about the Austin scene.
I really don't mean to become a logline/synopsis-chaser, but considering we didn't really know what this was about yet and this confirms it's at least about the Austin music scene, there's something to get from it. That's also exactly what and where Malick was already seen shooting with Gosling and Bale last year. Here's the brief logline as seen on their official website:
LAWLESS follows two intersecting love triangles. It is a story of sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Damn that sounds good, especially from Malick. It looks like he's on a romantic streak now, as his other Ben Affleck/Rachel McAdams film is another "powerful love story" about a man who returns to Oklahoma with a woman from Europe. While there is no confirmation of this yet, we're with Playlist in wondering whether Knight of Cups will also be set in the same Austin "music scene" and borrow the same characters, since the casting crosses over with quite a few big names. While Gosling is only in Lawless, co-starring with Rooney Mara and Haley Bennett, actors Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman will star in both films. Definitely sounds like they'll all be involved in this complex "sexual obsession and betrayal" plot.
Other than that, everything is still left up to guesses in terms of the actual plotline and specific characters, and how (potentially, despite "separate narratives") the two back-to-back projects will connect. However, I definitely think it has something to do with musicians and the entire "Austin music scene", where Malick has been situated for a while anyway. It's good to know we're on the right track, and we'll keep an eye out, as shooting doesn't actually start up until this summer but will last throughout most of the year. Stay tuned.