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Rachel Weisz Reportedly Doesn't Make The Cut On Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder'

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 28, 2012 7:01 PM
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To The Wonder Rachel Weisz

A Terrence Malick movie is like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you're going to get. Especially if you're in the cast. Ever since "The Thin Red Line," Malick has earned a reputation for being somewhat ruthless when it comes to cutting actors (Adrien Brody went from being the lead in that film to practically a glorified extra), and even for "The Tree of Life," there are dozens of stills floating around that depict countless scenes that were shot and excluded from the finished film. And thus, with "To the Wonder" shortly to premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it appears one high-profile name won't be seen in the film that runs just under two hours long

According to recent piece on Rachel Weisz in the Italian outlet La Stampa (via The Film Stage), she is quoted as saying “I had the experience of working with him [Malick] but I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work.” The paper also added that “it seems that [her] part has been cut.” It's a bummer, but not a shock either. As folks will remember, Jessica Chastain also did a brief stint on the shoot, but she herself told us last year she didn't expect to make the final cut either.

Described as a film that's even "more experimental" than "The Tree of Life" (whatever that means...more dinosaurs?), the story centers on Ben Affleck's character who jets to Europe, meets a woman (Olga Kurylenko), returns to America and marries her, only to reunite with a childhood sweetheart (Rachel McAdams). According to a very early report, Weisz was to play Dinah, a friend of Affleck's "who can't bear to see [him] hurting himself." 

As for who else may have been snipped, it should be noted that the TIFF site for the movie only lists Affleck, Kurylenko, McAdams and Javier Bardem as part of the cast. So yeah, things aren't looking too good for Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen or Amanda Peet, who also participated in the movie as well.

But we'll find out shortly. "To the Wonder" hits Venice and TIFF and then....your guess is as good as ours, as the film still needs a U.S. distributor.

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  • Pat | August 29, 2012 9:48 AMReply

    That's very disappointing.

  • Wash | August 29, 2012 8:09 AMReply

    Terrence Malick films are like Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman. Sure, you *could* eat octopus sperm, and it is pretty unique as far as meals go. But why in the world would you? Unique does not equal good, Terrence.

  • d | August 29, 2012 2:47 PM

    Bad analogy. I think Malick's movies ARE good -- great, even.

  • Paul Maher Jr | August 29, 2012 7:07 AMReply

    "experimental" = a surplus of time/narrative shifts and less dialogue. Malick has a different crew of editors (save for 2, Mark Yoshikawa beong one of them) that are enabling his desire to shift toward more abstraction, which he has been leaning toward since The New World.

  • Anonymouse | August 29, 2012 2:32 PM

    thanks for the info, paul. any word on the trailer that was mentioned a few weeks ago as already being cut?

  • CAtherine | August 29, 2012 12:47 PM

    So exciting!

  • andy | August 28, 2012 9:51 PMReply

    Do you know what experimental means? or...

  • Alan | August 29, 2012 3:48 AM

    Clearly, he does, which is why he is questioning the use of the term. A lot of Malick's work is "experimental", so it invalidates the term being used. It's like describing a Nolan film as "dark" or an Ang Lee film as "languid": i.e. it doesn't give you a clue about what separates this film from his other work.

  • Helpin' the Playlist out | August 28, 2012 9:09 PMReply

    Off topic- the first clip to Korine's SPRING BREAKERS is online.

  • WRT | August 28, 2012 9:00 PMReply

    "Described as a film that's even 'more experimental' than 'The Tree of Life' (whatever that means...more dinosaurs?)" hahaha

  • Tim | August 28, 2012 8:50 PMReply

    I saw it ( I will not say how) and I will only say this, the actors who were cut from this movie were the lucky ones. If you thought "The Tree of Life" was polarizing, this film is just as bad and maybe a bit worse.

    And Rachel played Affleck's sister, not friend. That first report is very wrong.

  • Nikkita | August 29, 2012 4:34 AM

    A friend of mine who buys movies for oversea distribution has seen this film and her words were not very kind.

  • yer | August 29, 2012 12:04 AM


    What utter nonsense.

  • Anonymouse | August 28, 2012 10:01 PM

    okay, i'll bite. give us one specific detail of the film not already found online or one specific detail that is out there but wrong.

    btw, polarizing does not mean a film is bad. i think that it is a polarizing film yet amazing. if this one is as polarizing, or a bit more so, i'll definitely be first in line when it is released.

  • Nadine | August 28, 2012 8:02 PMReply

    I'm not interested without Chastain and Weisz. Affleck, McAdams and Kunrylenko aren't good enough actors to pay money to see them in a drama. No thank you.

  • Benji | August 28, 2012 8:40 PM

    Lol @ going to see a Malick picture primarily for the actors.

  • Huffy | August 28, 2012 8:30 PM

    Says who? Obviously not Terrence Malick.

  • Handsome | August 28, 2012 7:44 PMReply

    Does anyone know when a trailer will be released? This and Place Beyond the Pines... seems like they are deliberately delaying a trailer?

  • MongooseCmr | August 28, 2012 8:24 PM

    TTW doesn't have a release date and Place isn't out until next spring

  • Bingo was my name-o | August 28, 2012 7:42 PMReply

    I love playing this game every time a Malick movie comes out! I think TOL may be the only film of his "ensemble" films that remained as close to the original casting as possible? Also, when his double feature w/ Bale comes out in say 10-25 years, this game is going to be even more fun. 20 dollars says Imogen Poots and the blonde from Transformers are both cut! Hell, maybe he will make us all super happy and cut Natalie Portman too?

  • [A] | August 28, 2012 7:38 PMReply

    Don't try jokes, guys. You're very bad at it.

  • TerryisJesus | August 28, 2012 7:13 PMReply

    Terry is truth, this movie will make us believe in the power

  • @VV | August 28, 2012 9:50 PM

    It's a bit like kale.

  • vv | August 28, 2012 9:34 PM

    How's Terrance's dick taste, TerryIsJesus?

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