Two years ago, Colin Farrell was rumoured to be in the running for the lead role in Terrence Malick‘s Tree of Life. One year ago, Mel Gibson was rumoured to be in the running. But now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Heath Ledger and Sean Penn are “in talks” for the film — which could start shooting as early as March. No story details have been made available yet — not officially — but the Reporter describes the film as a “complex drama”. Fans of the Edenic elements in The New World (2005) and Malick’s other films will no doubt go nuts wondering what this one’s all about.
Penn and Ledger in Malick’s Tree of Life?
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Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).