Filmmaker Terrence Malick has been busy of late. After his improvisational meditation "To The Wonder," starring Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko, met a mixed response at Venice and Toronto and landed distributor Magnolia, the filmmaker wrapped shooting LA-set "Knight of Cups." And he's adding cast to his box of toys for his next untitled project, currently shooting in Austin.
Ubiquitous Michael Fassbender joins the Malick ensemble of Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Haley Bennett, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Holly Hunter for a tale about love triangles and sexual obsession amidst Austin's music scene.
It is likely that not all of these actors will make the final cut, and unclear which stars will end up toplining the finished film. Rachel Weisz didn't make the final edit in "To The Wonder" (nor did Barry Pepper, Amanda Peet or Michael Sheen) and two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn's disappointment with "The Tree of Life" was highly publicized last year, providing ample warning to actors who board future Malick projects: Act at your own risk. With Malick, it seems, the journey itself really is the reward. Unless you are Jessica Chastain, and then it's the lighter fluid to your career.