Well, after To the Wonder premiered last month to a devise set of reviews—either raving that it was a symphonic ballet of emotion and beauty or a shallow and two-dimension story that looked stunning but lacked feeling—we’re all wondering just where the other features he’s been working on will fall on the Terrence Malick scale of greatness. And next up, before his Austin-set music film is Knight of Cups, starring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and Cate Blanchett. And with the Cannes Film Festival kicking off today, foreign distributor’s will get their first taste of the film when FilmNation debuts footage at the festival. But for us, The Hollywood Reporter has now released the first time from the film—and it’s truly shocking.
I jest. No, the image features Bale and Portman in a wistful moment barefoot in shallow water, which, has certainly become typical Malick fare. But hey, I’m not complaining. Although little is known about the picture, the film is apparently about "celebrity, temptation, and excess," I’m sure with a dash of ethereal meditation of the divine presence of love and virtue. Currently in post-production, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Ryan O’Neal, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman have all been featured in set photos yet will doubtfully all make the final cut. Lest we forget Michael Shannon spent a day grazing through wheat fields with Ben Affleck shooting To the Wonder.
Knight of Cups is said to be "more accessible" than the last, which doesn’t mean that it will be any better or worse or less beautiful but with To the Wonder as his most abstract poem of images yet, perhaps he felt the need to reign it in a little with this one. Either way, stay tuned for more news on the film as Cannes begins and more starts rolling in.