Twitch reports that Christian Bale -- who starred in "The New World" and was set for "The Burial" but was replaced by Ben Affleck -- is set to reteam with the director on the new project. Of course, details are unknown other than it will apparently feature an even smaller cast than "The Burial" (which features Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper and Jessica Chastain) which certainly falls in line with earlier reports that Malick intends "to be finished with this one in a matter of months.” The story will center around two leads, one male (Bale) and one female, with Rooney Mara, Haley Bennet ("Marley & Me," "Kaboom"), Clemence Poesy and Mia Wasikowska all said to be in contention for the part. And well, that's it.
Of course, when we'll get to see these pics is anybody's guess. The U.K. rights to "The Burial" recently sold to Optimum and we would guess that if indeed it's coming next year, another trip to Cannes will be in the works. As for "Voyage of Time" and this new project, who's to say. But with early word that Malick expects to get it done sooner rather than later, that certainly bodes well though anything can happen when the mercurial director gets behind the camera. Hell, his whole vision for the project could change between now and the New Year. But clearly, the 67-year-old director is newly inspired and we couldn't be more excited. Let's hope more details arrive soon.