Rooney Mara Says Terrence Malick Will Shoot LAWLESS in September; Michael Sheen Reveals Role in Malick’s Untitled Drama

Terrence Malick has three movies in the works, and the timeline on when each will be shot/released is fuzzy.  The untitled romantic drama starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams is up first, though we don’t know release date (or even year) yet.  We have seen Malick filming Christian Bale for Knight of Cups and working with Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara for Lawless, but international distributor FilmNation announced these two films will shoot back to back in 2012.  Mara clarified the picture in a recent interview:

“[Lawless is] something that I hope to do, but it’s unfortunately not until September, so it’s a ways away.”

That timeline implies the plan is to shoot Knight of Cups earlier in the year, followed by production on Lawless.  Given how much time Malick generally spends in post-production, I imagine the director will spend a lot of 2012 in the editing room for the Affleck/McAdams drama.  The Tree of Life ended up in theaters a year and a half after the initially announced Christmas 2009 release date.  I expect similar delays for at least one of these projects.  More after the jump.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is underperforming at the box office, though critical support—especially for Mara’s performance—is solid, so the high profile movie will likely still accelerate Mara’s career path.  However, she tells EW that she does not have a follow-up project lined up yet.  Lawless could be next, though Mara can only commit to the Malick film being something she “hopes” to do, a prospect that excites her: [Read more…]