Briefly: You can probably call this the constant lineup of actresses that will test or be wishlisted for a great many lead female roles over the next year. Variety reports that Joeseph Kosinski is testing Jessica Chastain, Olga Kurylenko, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace and Olivia Wilde for the lead female role opposite Tom Cruise in his latest film. The movie has been called Oblivion, and at once point looked like it would be renamed Horizons. When it moved to Universal from Disney, Oblivion was the title in play once more, but it looks like they’re going back to Horizons for the time being.

Regardless, the plot is the same:”In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. But when surface drone repairman Jak discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.” Karl Gajdusek‘s rewrote William Monahan‘s script, which in turn was based on the original story hatched by Joseph Kosinski and Arvid Nelson.

The past couple years have been slightly confusing with respect to Terrence Malick‘s slate of new films. We knew he was making The Tree of Life, which opens limited this weekend after premiering last week at Cannes, where it won the Palme d’Or. For some time it also seemed like he had spun some Tree ideas off into a separate IMAX film (possibly a documentary) called Voyage of Time. But as the release of The Tree of Life approached, all talk of and info on Voyage of Time seemed to dry up. Had the movie been absorbed back into Tree, in the form of that film’s cosmic sequences?

Apparently not. Producer Bill Pohlad spoke to press in Hollywood this evening for the local premiere of The Tree of Life, and he said that Terrence Malick still wants to make the IMAX film. Actress Jessica Chastain was also on hand, and she spoke a bit about working with the director, and the small part she shot for his other upcoming film, a modern drama that has been tentatively called The Burial. Read More »

It’s a very Malick December 1, as we have detailed news on the director’s new film, tentatively titled The Burial, and trailer news for his other new film — the old new film, as it were — The Tree of Life.

JoBlo claims, via Twitter, that there will be a two-minute trailer for The Tree of Life on all prints of Black Swan opening this weekend. I haven’t had confirmation of this, nor any news that the trailer will arrive online at the same time. If you work in a theater and have the Tree trailer with your Black Swan print, let us know, please.

After the break, there’s an extensive rundown of the film Mr Malick recently wrapped in Oklahoma, which stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Barry Pepper. We’ve known next to nothing about that one so far, other than that Javier Bardem plays a priest, so this will expand your knowledge base on the film by a good margin. Read More »

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We still don’t know anything about Terrence Malick’s upcoming film The Tree of Life and yet the reclusive director, who has directed only four features in almost forty years, is already shooting his follow up. The untitled Terrence Malick romance, which stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz, had previous been scouting locations in Oklahoma and was rumored to start shooting this month. That rumor can now be confirmed. Photos from the set, featuring Kurylenko, have surfaced online and you can check them out after the jump. Read More »

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Fair warning: this teaser trailer for Roland Joffe‘s Spanish Civil War tale There Be Dragons has actually been online since the summer, but we’d completely missed its existence until the recent launch of a new website to promote the film. Joffe’s film sounds superficially like it falls right into the middle of a classic conceit: we see two brothers, one of whome becomes a priest, the other a fascist spy.

But the movie is also about St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of the Catholic organization Opus Dei, aka ‘work of God,’ which ” teaches that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity.” And in case that’s a turn-off (it shouldn’t be!) the trailer looks purdy. Read More »

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Briefly: We’ve now got three Terrence Malick mysteries to ponder. First is the release date for The Tree of Life, his completed (we think) film that may or may not open by the end of this year. The second is the fate of Voyage of Time, the IMAX doc that was said to be a companion to The Tree of Life, and about which we’ve heard nothing in months.

And then there’s Malick’s next film, for which we currently do not have a title. But we do have a cast: Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams. And we know that it is a love story, of sorts.

We also know the Untitled Terrence Malick Romance is gearing up to shoot in Oklahoma this fall. Now a report in Tulsa World says that producer Nicolas Gonda recently attended a community forum to discuss “filming [in Bartlesville, OK] as early as next month.” The report also says that auditions are being held this weekend in Bartlesville. Yep, this is a minor update, but that’s how it works with Malick. If you live in or around Bartlesville and get any more info, please consider sharing.

[via Awards Daily]

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In February a serious bomb dropped from the Terrence Malick camp: not only is the reclusive director prepping one new film (The Tree of Life) for release sometime in coming months, he’s got the cast already lined up for another picture that he’ll shoot soon.

At the time, Christian Bale, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams were listed as the cast for “an as yet untitled love story.” Now Bale is reportedly out, replaced by Ben Affleck, and Rachel Weisz has also signed on. Read More »

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Ron Howard‘s Cheaters already has Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Winona Ryder. Now it has put out an offer to Jennifer Connelly for what will be, for her, a rare comedic role. She would be Vaughn’s girlfriend; Vaughn plays a guy torn on the question of whether or not to tell his best friend (James) that his wife (Ryder) is cheating on him. [Deadline]

After the break, Sean Astin and Cheri Oteri make up part of the weird cast for a horse racing movie, and Olga Kurylenko joins a massive CGI adventure. Read More »

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Neil Marshall‘s upcoming film Centurion has generated a good bit of excitement based on Marshall’s reputation and the bloody, grimy trailer released not long ago. That was an international trailer, because at the time the clips was released the film did not have US distribution. Now it has been picked up by Magnet, the genre arm of Magnolia, which will release Centurion later this year. Read More »

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I like the ‘men behind the lines’ movie. It’s a great action flick setup that never really goes out of style. It was good enough for Quentin Tarantino and Inglourious Basterds, and I hope it’ll be good enough for Centurion, Neil Marshall‘s follow-up to the insane and ridiculous (those are good things) Doomsday. We’ve seen a few photos and some behind the scenes video showing what Marshall has come up with for a tale of Roman legionnaires trying to escape a vengeful Pict force. Now there’s a trailer that sets up the whole picture; check it out after the break. Read More »