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Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’ Adds ‘Lawless’ Star Jason Clarke; ‘To the Wonder’ Details Trickle In

Posted by , on August 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm 

When RoboCop star Joel Kinnaman boarded yesterday we joked we should be reporting on who isn’t joining the ensemble of Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups, but that sentiment only grows more serious with each passing day. The man of the hour is now Jason Clarke, who confirms he just finished shooting a part for the film. Check out his quote about working with Malick from Film School Rejects, who broke the news, below.

“It was great. Terry’s out on his own journey, as a filmmaker, with where he wants to go. You can’t dismiss Terry has deep, deep thought and emotion behind what he’s doing. It’s not, like, willy-nilly. It’s very complex and, yet, very simple at the same time. He’s also got the balls to let something run. He knows a piece of work or art or anything creative is going to have its own breathing apparatus; it’s going to walk its own way, if you let it. It could possibly be scary, but it can also be amazing.”

The star, who will be seen in Lawless as brother to Shia Labeouf and Tom Hardy, has a pretty epic upcoming schedule, with roles in both Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby and Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty. He’ll join Cate Blanchett, Wes Bentley, Freida Pinto, Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer, Antonio Banderas, Joe Manganiello and Ryan O’Neal (and likely many, many more) in Malick’s film.

Back to a Malick film we’ll actually get to hear about soon, To the Wonder is set for a Venice and TIFF bow, and now the co-director of the latter festival has weighed in with some more impressions. In his official notes Cameron Bailey says the Ben Affleck-starring drama “continues [Malick’s exploration of the vagaries of desire and regret that shape our time on this planet.” He adds that, “where The New World and The Tree of Life open themselves to analysis of spirituality and ethics, To the Wonder continues that intellectual investigation into the realm of politics and faith. It is also, like The Tree of Life, gloriously engaged with cinematic form itself.”

Going along with details we’ve been hearing since a first cut was coming together, Bailey also adds Malick finds “freedom in the transcendental” as the director “liberates himself more and more from the restrictions of conventional narrative and pursues a more associative approach, he gets closer to eliciting pure, subconscious responses from his viewers.” It certainly sounds like if you loved his last effort, this only goes further into that direction. Check back for our take on the film soon, also starring Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams.

What do you make of Malick’s next two films?


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