Director Terrence Malick is currently in production on his follow-up to the yet-to-be-released follow-up to last year’s The Tree of Life, and some set photos have revealed a new addition to the cast. While we wait for a release announcement regarding Malick’s Ben Affleck-fronted romantic drama To the Wonder, the director is in the midst of filming Knight of Cups, one of two films he plans to shoot this year (the other is currently untitled, but was previously called Lawless).
Plot details for Knight of Cups are basically non-existent, but we know that Christian Bale stars alongside Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and possibly Isabel Lucas. We recently saw set photos of Bale and Portman horsing around on the beach, but new shots show Bale filming scenes with a punked-up Imogen Poots (Fright Night, Jane Eyre). Hit the jump for more, including set photos and a humorous video of Malick caught on TMZ. [Update: We’ve removed the unofficial images and video.]
We can safely assume from these images that Poots also may or may not appear in Knight of Cups; given Malick’s prolonged and ever-changing editing process there’s no guarantee that every actor will end up in the final cut. One of these images gives us a brief glimpse of Malick, and the notoriously shy director was actually recently caught on the paparazzi show TMZ having a meeting with Benicio Del Toro. No one at the entire boneheaded staff of TMZ recognized the legendary filmmaker (they were too distracted by the beautiful celebrities), but the video shows Malick trying to duck out of camera while Del Toro laughs about the situation at hand.
Rooney Mara, who only stars in Malick’s other film with Ryan Gosling, recently revealed that her pic doesn’t shoot until September, thus the confirmation that these images of Bale and Poots are from Knight of Cups. That film previously titled Lawless takes place in the Austin music scene, and they’ll presumably be back at Austin City Limits to shoot more scenes like they were last year. You can check out the set photos and video of Malick below.