Rooney Mara and Michael Sheen Discuss Terrence Malick’s Latest Projects

(Written for HeyUGuys)

Wondering what’s going on with Terrence Malick? Well here’s some news from the latest interviews with Rooney Mara, who tells Entertainment Weekly that Lawless won’t start filming until September, and Michael Sheen, who discusses his small role in Malick’s untitled romance on the BBC’s Film Review show.

With the release of David Fincher‘s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo last week, Rooney Mara is starting to do pretty well for herself. Before her role as gothic detective Lisbeth Salander, we would have only recognised her from a small role in Fincher’s The Social Network and maybe from her lead in the recent remake of Nightmare On Elm Street. Whilst we can hopefully expect a sequel to Fincher’s ‘Dragon Tattoo’, which is the first in an adaptation of Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium trilogy, Mara doesn’t seem to have much else on her schedule.

Whilst her role in Malick’s next film, Lawless, has been recently announced, with set pictures showing her with co-star Ryan Gosling and the rest of the cast, the film won’t actually start being filmed for another nine months.

When asked about the project, Mara tells Entertainment Weekly: “That’s something that I hope to do, but it’s unfortunately not until September.” But when asked directly if she will “definitely” be in the movie, the actress only commented that, “Yeah, I hope to.”

So there’s not a lot of facts being given about Lawless, and it seems Mara isn’t going to be the one to spill any details either. “I want to work with people who have a vision and who are uncompromising in the way that they make films, and Terry is one of those people. He’s incredible. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever come into contact with. But I’m not going to give away his secrets,” she says.

We will, however, be seeing something from Malick relatively soon, with his untitled drama/romance starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams looking likely to be released sometime this year.

Fortunately we can give you some more promising information about this one, as Michael Sheen, who was revealed long after filming to be playing a small part in the film, has been a little more open in discussing the project.

“My girlfriend [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,” he told Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo on their BBC Film Review show last week.

At least we know that something is in the works.

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