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

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 17, 2012 at 4:40PM

Terrence Malick doesn't stop. With the director 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.
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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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