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Exclusive news on Terrence Malick's next

14 April 2010  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Terrence Malick's Tree Of Life is rumoured to be featured in the Cannes Film Festival line-up for this year that's set to be announced tomorrow - but you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who knows much about the film. That's why we are thrilled to be able to share a few tidbits that Brad Pitt let slip about the film he calls "a bit ambitious", which may enlighten you a little further.

When we asked him if this was a science fiction film (yes, even that is in doubt), Pitt replied, "Well, in a way. It's this little tiny story of a kid growing up in the 50s with a mother who's grace incarnate and a father who's oppressive in nature. So he is negotiating his way through it, defining who he's gonna be when he grows up. And that is juxtaposed with a little, tiny micro-story of the cosmos, from the beginning of the cosmos to the death of the cosmos. So that's where the sci-fi – or the sci-fact – comes in."

Pitt also confirmed that Heath Ledger was originally set for a role in the film. "He was gonna do it at one point, and then he was puling out for one reason or another, and we were involved ["we" meaning Pitt's production company Plan B], so I just stepped in."

And what could he tell us about the famously secretive Malick? "That's he's famously secretive!"

So that's helpful.

Tree Of Life may or may not premiere at Cannes (we'll find out tomorrow) and will be out sometime later this year. Maybe.

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Brad Pitt is a great actor
Chooses interesting projects like Johnny Depp and Patrick Wilson etc: And this one sounds frickin awesome More

Posted by monkeyhumour at 06:30 on 15 April 2010 | Report This Post

this needs to just come out already this man is a fucking god after all all his films are gems absolute poetry what an artist unlike most directors in this business More

Posted by uheiberg at 22:07 on 14 April 2010 | Report This Post

Haven't seen a Malick film I liked yet.
All of em are snorefests. Except Badlands. That was ok. And this film sounds suspiciously like that Aronofsky film with Hugh Jackman...The Fountain. More

Posted by coomi77 at 18:01 on 14 April 2010 | Report This Post

Wow, it's only been 5 years since his last. He's speeding up :D More

Posted by swordsandsandals at 17:39 on 14 April 2010 | Report This Post

Excited about this. A Malick film after all. I've read somewhere though that Brad Pitt plays a character similar in nature to the one Robert De Niro did in This Boy's Life which should be interesting. Pitt's at his best when playing unstable characters (12 Monkeys, Assassination of Jesse James...). More

Posted by The900MidNightBee at 15:38 on 14 April 2010 | Report This Post

Either way, I cannot wait to see this. More

Posted by droo_face at 14:42 on 14 April 2010 | Report This Post

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