Christian Bale set to star in new Terrence Malick project

With four actresses vying for the female lead

Terrence Malick isn't normally a director rush himself, but he seems to be hitting an uncharacteristically busy patch with the news that Christian Bale will star in his next directorial project.

Next, that is, after his untitled Ben Affleck-starrer, which is currently rumoured to be called The Burial. Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz and Javier Bardem are set to appear in that low-key number, which Malick has been shooting on the quiet.

With The Burial in post-production and expected to open in 2012, Malick is already gearing up for his next, according to a report by Twitch (via The Playlist).

The untitled project is thought to be even smaller in scale than The Burial, with Malick currently deliberating over his choice of a leading lady, who'll star opposite Bale in what's essentially a two-hander.

The impressive candidate list includes Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter's Fleur and Haley Bennett (Kaboom), so it's not surprising that Malick's taking his time to whittle it down.

Bale and Malick previously collaborated on sublime Pocahontas pic The New World, with Bale turning in an atypically reserved performance. Bale almost joined The Burial, in the role later taken by Affleck.

As with all Malick projects, we don't expect to hear any cast-iron details on this project for some time. That's not going to stop us getting ridiculously excited about the prospect of two new Malick movies over the next year or so, though…

Excited at the prospect of another Malick-Bale team-up? Were you a big fan of The New World? Let us know...


    • FBAMacKenzie

      Aug 20th 2011, 17:30

      Yes, I really enjoyed "The New World." Fantastic cinematography with an interesting story line of the historical descent of the Indian people on the Eastern seaboard from a proud, independent, natural culture to subservience after the arrival of the English and their diseases. The Indians tried to repel them, then helped them, and finally was absorbed by them!

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 20th 2011, 17:58

      John Rolfe, America's first pedo...

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    • writerdave87

      Aug 20th 2011, 23:17

      I heard that was the original title but focus groups didn't like it.

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