Christian Bale Cast in Another New Upcoming Terrence Malick Film?

August 19, 2011
Source: Twitch

Christian Bale

Wait - there's another Terrence Malick film in the works, and it's not the one shot last year in Oklahoma with Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams? So says Twitch. The site is reporting that Christian Bale is now cast as the lead in another untitled, unidentified project from the legendary "Terry" Malick (Badlands, Days of Heaven, Thin Red Line, New World, Tree of Life) that will start shooting in early 2012. All they know is it's a "story driven by a pair of dominant leads, one male and one female" and doesn't have as big of a cast as his other untitled in-the-can drama. Two more new Malick films in the next few years? This is exciting news.

As always with Malick, little is known about his projects until they're released. We do know that his next untitled film, already shot and currently in post-production (first look here), is a romantic drama starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper and Jessica Chastain. We expect to see that in theaters sometime next year, but in the meantime, Malick is apparently working on this other project and has set Bale to star. Christian Bale was once attached to the aforementioned romantic drama, but was replaced by Affleck, and also appeared it Malick's The New World, so the two have had a connection before, and will finally work together again after The Dark Knight Rises.

The only other tidbit that Twitch adds is that Malick is circling a bevy of young, beautiful, talent actresses for the female lead, including: Rooney Mara (Tanner Hall, Nightmare on Elm Street, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Haley Bennett (Music & Lyrics, Molly Hartley, Marley & Me, The Hole), Clemence Poesy (Harry Potter, Heartless, 127 Hours) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre). All fine choices, but they all seem quite a bit younger than Bale (age 37). I'm already excited that more Malick films are coming, hopefully it won't take years for him to edit, but Twitch hints that if all goes as planned "Malick may very well end up doubling his total career output in 2011, 2012 and 2013 alone." And I can't wait to see them all!

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"All fine choices, but they all seem quite a bit younger than Bale (age 37)." Just because it's a strong male and a strong female lead doesn't mean that the leads are romantically inclined. Also keep in mind that he cast a 14 year old as the romantic interest opposite Colin Farrell and Bale in The New World and that worked out just fine. 

nwrann on Aug 19, 2011


Well, Rooney Mara is banging Daniel Craig in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', who's even older than Bale.  So yeah, I don't see the problem, other than it should be me doing the banging of Craig and Bale, but hey... 

Anonymous on Aug 19, 2011


True, but that was more for the story, it was appropriate. We really don't know what the story of this new one is anyway, so maybe it's about a younger female, who knows. I was just mentioning it as a thought regarding his casting choices. 🙂

Alex Billington on Aug 19, 2011


This should be great! Christian Bale is scoring some great roles lately thanks to his Oscar win in The Fighter!  13 Women of NanjingThe Dark Knight Rises The Last Photograph  Noah now a Terrance Malick project! 

Commanderzmaster on Aug 19, 2011


I hope Christian Bale does more movies from now on. We see too little of him.

Debra Righetti on Aug 19, 2011


Christian Bale could star in a movie that shows him do every day things; tie his shoes, brush his teeth, take out the garbage, do the dishes...and I would still watch it.

Anonymous on Aug 19, 2011


they really want to work again together

Charlie on Aug 19, 2011


The Tree of life was Mesmerizing. This sounds awesome.

Loser on Aug 19, 2011


i fear Malick has realised his own mortality, thats the only reason his work pace could be picking up like this. that, or all the haters are starting to be nice to him. either way, its glorious to see more than a blank space in his upcoming projects

Peter on Aug 19, 2011


i welcome any work from malick!

lando on Aug 20, 2011


While I do love Terrence Malick and feel that he is a visual poet, it is distracting that the cast is always full of overly beautiful people.  Perhaps this is a Plato philosophy of the forms being shown in this realm, but it is becoming a bit predictable and just a little bit too hollywood.

Anonymous on Sep 25, 2011

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