Terrence Malick isn't normally a director rush himself, but he seems to be hitting an uncharacteristically busy patch with the news that Christian Bale will star in his next directorial project.
Next, that is,
his untitled Ben Affleck-starrer, which is currently rumoured to be called
. Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz and Javier Bardem are set to appear in that low-key number, which Malick has been shooting on the quiet.
in post-production and expected to open in 2012, Malick is already gearing up for his next, according to a report by
(via The Playlist).
The untitled project is thought to be even smaller in scale than
, with Malick currently deliberating over his choice of a leading lady, who'll star opposite Bale in what's essentially a two-hander.
The impressive candidate list includes Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Clémence Poésy (
's Fleur and Haley Bennett (
), so it's not surprising that Malick's taking his time to whittle it down.
Bale and Malick previously collaborated on sublime Pocahontas pic
The New World
, with Bale turning in an atypically reserved performance. Bale almost joined
, in the role later taken by Affleck.
As with all Malick projects, we don't expect to hear any cast-iron details on this project for some time. That's not going to stop us getting ridiculously excited about the prospect of two new Malick movies over the next year or so, though…