There are a few things that feel strange about seeing photos from the set of a Terrence Malick film. For one, his unique style of shooting and editing means that we really have no clue as to how these will “feel” in the finished result. Secondly, he cuts a lot of footage from his films — enough that we may never even see this in motion. But, to me, what’s most peculiar is that he takes so long to get a movie out that it could be another three or four years until they become part of a greater narrative. So, come 2014, we can see what this all means — but we’ll just have to settle for stills at the moment.

Various sites, including the Tumblr page Ryan Gosling at Fun Fun Fun Fest (via ThePlaylist), BrooklynVegan and WENN (via ComingSoon), have snapped photographs of Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara on the set of the Tree of Life helmer’s upcoming Lawless. Among his two films that have just been announced, this is the one that also stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Haley Bennett; Malick was spotted shooting part of it at the Austin City Limits festival with Bale in September. There must be some reason why he keeps going back to music festivals for production — anyone think this is a hint as to the picture’s content?

You can see some of the shots below — which have Mara still inhabiting the Lisbeth Salander character a bit — and more at any of the above links:

What are your thoughts on these photos?

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