Speculation is ramping up that director Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) may be close to wrapping up post-production on his untitled romantic drama, starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams. As you may already know, the movie wrapped production late last year and while the filmmaker has been gearing up to shoot two back-to-back films (Knights of Cup and the formerly titled Lawless), there is hope that the romantic drama will be released this year.
While many will question how a movie with no official title can be close to completion, Jessica Chastain recently mentioned that her supporting character didn’t make the cut and Olga Kurylenko, who is also starring in the movie, said that she saw a rough trailer of the movie. “I’ve only seen the approximate trailer that they were showing in Cannes that they made up a while ago. The movie wasn’t even cut but now they’re very close. I think they’re very close to being done.” she told Crave Online.
Speaking of her character, the actress was able to give some meaty details: “That character is different. She’s Russian, born in Russia, immigrated to France, has a daughter so she’s a mother. It’s about the relationship. My character has the relationship with this American man played by Ben Affleck. She’s basically desperately looking for real love but it’s just very difficult. The whole film is about their understanding and how they are trying to make their relationship work. It’s a very tough love story.”
Additionally, Kurylenko had an enlightening interview with Collider recently in which she spoke at length about working with Malick and his peculiar way of engaging his actors. “You never know what you’re doing. It’s at the last moment and very spontaneous, and I like that. As much as the fast pace can be difficult, not knowing what I’m doing is actually totally fine. It scares a lot of actors,” the actress said.
When asked about how she got to know her character, she replied “he spoke to me and told me what it was. He tells you. You don’t read it. You listen to the story for a couple of hours, you take it in, and then you meet him again and listen again and talk. He likes to go for a drive and talk. I think he took every actor for a drive and would talk, and you just take it in and become that character. It gets into you. And then, I just know who I am and it’s not the character, it’s me, suddenly. And then, from there, something very real comes out that’s spontaneous [...] There’s no acting. You just are.”
Needless to say, I’m very excited to hear this movie is probably close to getting some kind of release date. In any case, we should know very soon since the official selection for the Cannes Film Festival will be announced next week on April 17, 2012.
What do you think?