Barry Pepper Joins Terrence Malick’s Next Film; New Details Emerge

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Critically-acclaimed director Terrence Malick has yet to unveil his new film Tree of Life, but The Playlist is reporting that Malick is already into deep production on his next feature. The not-yet-titled feature, which stars Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Rachel Wiesz, and Olga Kurylenko has just brought on actor Barry Pepper, of Saving Private Ryan and The Green Mile fame, who will reportedly play a priest along with Bardem. A local newspaper caught the cast and crew filming in Pawhuska, Oklahoma this week, though no interviews or details about the production were given.

Malick, who directed 1998’s Best Picture nominee The Thin Red Line and 2005’s The New World, has already completed production on Tree of Life, though no word on an official release date beyond 2011 has appeared online. Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and is said to follow a family through multiple generations, time and space. Recent news suggests the film has been granted a PG-13 rating.  More after the jump.

I liked The Thin Red Line (well bits and pieces anyway) even if it did drift off into something akin to a metaphorical Discovery Channel episode, what with all of the beautifully shot locations and animals that more or less felt oddly out of place in a war film. Still, that film boasted an incredible Hans Zimmer score and a terrific performance from the always reliable Sean Penn.

The New World, however, was mediocre at best, but, nevertheless, I’m intrigued by the ideas behind Tree of Life, which I hear may sport dinosaurs like we’ve never seen them before.

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  • Uncle Festus

    The New World “mediocre at best”? The Thin Red Line problematic because it does things most war films don’t do? Wanting to see Tree of Life because it has dinosaurs in it?

    Can we please find a real film critic somewhere?

    • FincherFan

      Wow…dude, you just completely made my day! :D

    • Roachj007

      And he doesn’t even mention Days Of Heaven or Badlands

    • Trick

      I definitely agree
      I believe comments such as these prove that someone may have missed T. Malick’s whole point as a filmmaker

    • Trick

      I definitely agree
      I believe comments such as these prove that someone may have missed T. Malick’s whole point as a filmmaker

    • Jeff Ames

      In my defense, most critics agreed with me on The New World (60% on RT) – heck, even most of the crew – according to composer James Horner – had no idea what Malick was doing – it was a troubled production that resulted in a lopsided film.

      I think you need an aquired taste to enjoy his films – much like Michael Mann, who I love, but most people don’t quite get –

      Maybe I just don’t “get” Malick -

      I haven’t seen Badlands, and will get right on that –

      Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?

      Here’s the link to the Horner interview: http://204.80.97.18/mb/Forum1/HTML/015156.html
      or here:
      http://www.filmmusicmag.com/?p=163

      • Maribeldeschain

        James Horner actually tried to tell Malick how to recut The New World to fit HIS music, on the theory, apparently, that that was why people were going to see a Malick film. And who else has said the production was “troubled”? I’m not sure that interview makes a case against Malick so much as it makes Horner look awful.

        Critics took years to catch up to The Thin Red Line too, but they’ve started to.

  • Trick

    I just recently rewatched The Thin Red Line
    Such a beautiful movie..
    J. Caviezal (sp?) performance was especially stand-out to me
    This Tree of Life sounds pretty intriguing, I must say
    Can’t wait to see what the enigmatic director has for us

  • Christophercantos

    is Chivo Lubezski shooting this?

    isn’t Cuaron shooting Gravity anytime soon? god i hope Malick finishes shooting before gravity start. though i like Michael Seresin’s work on Prisoner of Azkaban, and the Paris Je T’aime segment, Cuaron is really at best when working with Chivo(Y Tu Mama Tambien, Children of Men)

    also, on Malick, i’m dying to see if anybody will be able to interview him with Tree of Life coming out next year. he may avoid the media at award season when Thin Red Line was up for Oscars a decade ago, but now, with our generation of internet and twitter etc. can he still protect his privacy?

    Thin Red Line was in some ways a “2001″ war film. a long and never ending picture about life with world war 2 at the backdrop. and a New World is probably one of the best films about moving on and change. if you think about moving on and change, it is mostly a banal topic, but Malick creates this 3 hours long film about it. it’s beautiful

  • shmalze

    I agree. The New World had the potential, hell it was supposed to be one of the better classics of our time, until some know-nothing business idiots slaughtered it into an awkward BBC-ish production.

    • LynchMalick

      Get this idiot back to bay or nolan, if you think anything America’s greatest atrist/director has done is mediocre. The Thin Red Line and Days of Heaven are two of the greatest films ever made, with Badlands and The New World esquisite pieces of cinema, note that word cinema.

      • Jeff

        No they are not. They are good films, but far from the greatest ever. Maybe you should see more movies – The New World was strocious, especially considering what it could have been.

      • Jeff

        No they are not. They are good films, but far from the greatest ever. Maybe you should see more movies – The New World was strocious, especially considering what it could have been.

  • shmalze

    I agree. The New World had the potential, hell it was supposed to be one of the better classics of our time, until some know-nothing business idiots slaughtered it into an awkward BBC-ish production.

  • Josecorreafilho

    ‘The New World’ is a wonderfull movie, even if slightly lesser than Mallick’s other works.

    • LynchMalick

      Agree The New World is Malicks, how can i term this, lesser of his four remarkable and purely poetic and instictive to the autueur films.

  • Maribeldeschain

    Actually, The New World was one of the last decade’s best films.

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