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Diane Kruger To Play Abraham Lincoln's Step-Mother In Terrence Malick-Produced 'Green Blade Rising'

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 17, 2012 4:40 PM
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Terrence Malick doesn't stop. With the director is currently at work on four different movies in various stages of production -- "To The Wonder," "The Voyage of Time," "Knight of Cups" and the movie formerly known as "Lawless" -- he's also throwing his enigmatic weight around as a producer. Last month it surfaced that he was behind "Red Wing," which is searching for a writer, and would serve as the directorial debut of Will Wallace, his stepson, who has appeared in numerous Malick-related projects including "The Thin Red Line," "The New World" and "Undertow." Well, another Malick venture is gearing up, and it will roll this fall. And as usual, it's a complete fucking mystery, though there are some details.

Orlando movie critic Roger Moore hit up Comic-Con over the weekend and got a chance to chat with Diane Kruger, who was on hand to promote next spring's "The Host," when she dropped a minor Malick bombshell, which the reporter revealed on his blog Movie Nation. She'll be starring in "Green Blade Rising" (a parody title if we ever heard one), which the camera-shy director will produce. And what's it about? "I play his stepmother, the woman who enticed him to read and put him on the journey to becoming a great man, a great thinker and president. It's a very American role, something very different for me. I have been spending all summer trying to tackle a rural Kentucky accent from the 19th century, so that will be a huge challenge," she said.

Of course, she's referring to Sarah Bush Lincoln, Abe's Dad's second wife, who came into the future President's life when he was ten; he grew very close to her and always referred to her as his mother. So is this an unofficial prequel to Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"? At any rate, it's a part of Lincoln's life we don't see or read about very often, so it will be interesting to see the shape this takes (and who has written the script and will direct). As usual, no other details, but with a start date looming, hopefully we'll know more soon.

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  • S | July 17, 2012 10:30 PMReply

    There's a new The Host still released by AMC theaters that hasn't been posted, jsyk.

  • Rebecca | July 17, 2012 6:30 PMReply

    Really, another Lincoln movie? And this may be out of line but I think Malick is dying. It's odd that he is being so productive now after years of the opposite.

  • Mike | July 18, 2012 12:08 AM

    Well considering how important a time it was in Lincoln's life and how Spielberg's film sadly only touches on the end of his life (really sad given that the book it is 'based' on is a detailed biography of Lincoln and each of his main cabinet members as well as detailing the individual politicians and Washington maneuvers of pretty much the entirety of Lincoln's career; it'd make a fantastic miniseries), I'm game for this.

  • BEF | July 17, 2012 5:12 PMReply

    After her performance in Inglorious Basterds and Farewell, My Queen -- I am much more interested in Kruger Kasting.

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