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Rooney Mara Claims Malick’s ‘Lawless’ Won’t Shoot for Some Time; Minor Update on Director’s Next

Written by on December 28, 2011 

I simply assumed that photos of Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara working with Terrence Malick were from the set of his upcoming Lawless. It’s silly of me to expect the ordinary with this director — his films would be enough of an indicator, but the offscreen persona solidifies that — and Mara confirmed my error to EW.

She put it rather simply, saying that production won’t commence “until September.” This, however, slightly conflicts with a comment by Malick‘s longtime production designer, Jack Fisk, who said they were “about to start another [film] in June.” All due respect to Mara, but unless they’re talking about his other pending project, Knight of Cups, I’ll take the word of a confidante over that of a newcomer. She even sounded a little unsure about her own involvement, calling Lawless “something that I hope to do.” A busy schedule could normally be an issue, but Malick is someone who’s notorious for cutting people out of his films. I’m hoping all works out.

Meanwhile, Michael Sheen also talked about working with the master to Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo (via ThePlaylist). You may remember that he slipped news of his own involvement with Malick‘s next film a few months back, but this latest update actually tells us something about the character. Ready for a big shocker?

“My girlfriend [Rachel McAdams] was in a film that Terrence Malick did so I went to visit her on set, and apparently, if you’re an actor and you turn up on a Terrence Malick set, he asks you to be in his film. So I got to be Ben Affleck’s boss for a day.”

Alright, not a wellspring of insight, but it should be fun to see Sheen quickly pop up in this tiny part. The cast he’s surrounded by is a mighty one in and of itself, with Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, and Jessica Chastain also starring.

Does this insight into Malick’s process interest yourself?

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