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Official Logline For Terrence Malick's 'Lawless' Reveals Tale Of "Sexual Obsession And Betrayal"

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 23, 2012 7:45 PM
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It looks like a layer from Terrence Malick's otherwise mysterious "Lawless" has been peeled back. The film, one of two the director will shoot this year, has been working under a veil of secrecy thus far, but it looks like that pre-production work last fall at the Austin City Limits music festival was a good practice round for the upcoming film. And a new logline for the film reveals another interesting thematic turn for the helmer.

Production company FilmNation has a logline for the film that describes the plot as following "two intersecting love triangles. It is a story of sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas." And well, that's all we have for now, but it's the biggest detail yet about the film that is set to star a great cast including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennett. And Malick fans might want to snap up some passes for this year's Austin City Limits fest, as we're guessing the director will be back.

Before the end of last year, Mara revealed that the film wouldn't be shooting until September ("Knight Of Cups" is slated to shoot first this summer). Given that we now know the film will be playing out against the backdrop of the music scene in Austin, we wouldn't be surprised if the production schedules add some additional time to hit the festival again when it runs from October 12-14.

Either way, it's an interesting revelation about the film which finds Malick moving yet again in another bold new direction. The official word on "Knight Of Cups" is that it will be a "separate narrative" from "Lawless" but given the casting crossover between both films (Bale, Blancett and Portman feature in both films, which seems like at least one love triangle), we wonder...

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  • Andrew | March 1, 2012 2:46 PMReply

    So maybe there is a connection between the two films?? Interesting. I'm curious as to how this old gent they call Master Malick goes from origins of the earth to a sexual love story?

  • Trin | February 24, 2012 6:03 PMReply

    Cate Blanchett in two Malick's movies. It's fantastic !

  • ben | February 24, 2012 9:57 AMReply

    Just a reminder, he was shooting only Bale's sceens last year at the music festival. The shots of Gosling were filmed at Austin's Fun Fun Festival in early November.

  • caro | February 24, 2012 7:46 AMReply

    it sounds wildy for a Malick movie

  • David | February 23, 2012 11:47 PMReply

    Sounds intriguing. I'm stoked. Bale and Portman are my favorites.

  • K7ty | February 23, 2012 8:12 PMReply

    A tale about sexual obsession with both Bale and Gosling in the cast? Fangirls just screamed out loud.

  • vl | February 24, 2012 5:06 PM

    Yeah, I don't care about the "bony ass" thing. I was mostly responding to the second half of the comment. It sounded like an attempt to dismiss anyone who disagreed. What I meant about Bale was not that he had an annoying fan base, but that there are obviously plenty of people who just *like* him and who would respond in disagreement to something negative written about him, without being members of his "protective squad." But I guess I've never noticed the Mara defenders so maybe it's worse than that.

  • EU | February 24, 2012 3:27 PM

    VL- I don't see how that comparison sticks. I wasn't talking about her "sucking" or as Huffy mentioned, her acting abilities. I was, on a purely shallow level, talking about her being naked in Dragon Tattoo. As far as the protective squad characteristics go... the Playlist tends to have a group of people who like to jump on anyone's back who thinks negatively of Blake Lively or Rooney Mara. But I don't know if Bale has such an (annoying) fan base on this site. Just for the record, my prior comment wasn't directed at you... I don't know when you defended her on this site and you might have had a legitimate comeback, so carry on.

  • Huffy08 | February 24, 2012 7:12 AM

    VL, to be fair, she (?) only said that she had no desire to see Mara's skinny ass naked again and never questioned her acting ability.

  • George | February 24, 2012 2:41 AM

    I think you mean that Rooney Mara is slender.

  • vl | February 23, 2012 11:58 PM

    EU, I'll assume you mean someone like me, since I think I defended her once on this site and was told I was a "Mara loyalist." I just wonder, if I was to comment something like "Great cast, except for Bale. God is he awful," would it be fair to say anyone who disagreed with me was a member of the "Christian Bale protective squad?"

  • Kelli | February 23, 2012 11:17 PM

    I don't know if my ovaries can handle that.

  • EU | February 23, 2012 11:10 PM

    Gosling. Naked. Must. See. Be still my beating heart.

    On the other hand, I'll pass on a naked Rooney Mara. Had enough of her bony ass in Dragon Tattoo.

    Wait for it... the Rooney Mara protective squad will fire back any minute now! They are ALMOST as annoying as the Blake Lively fan squad. ALMOST.

  • Ron | February 23, 2012 10:33 PM

    I second that!

  • Steven Flores | February 23, 2012 9:07 PM

    And don't forget fanboys, even bi-curious ones like myself.

  • Jack | February 23, 2012 8:05 PMReply

    If you go on the FilmNation website and look up Knight of Cups it gives a partial summary before being cut off, requesting that you sign in. This is what it says:

    Pre-Production KNIGHT OF CUPS is the story of a man in search of love and truth. Rick and his friends find their way through the labyrinth of c ...

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