Having directed just three features in the first 25 years of his career, acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick is certainly making up for lost time; his latest film A Hidden Life – his sixth this decade – is currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, and he’s already hard at work on his next project The Last Planet.
As revealed by The Film Stage, the new film will “convey passages in the life of Christ through representing evangelical parables” and now we have our first casting news, with Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Matthias Schoenaerts (A Hidden Life) and Géza Röhrig (Son of Saul) all on board in the roles of Satan, Saint Peter, and Jesus Christ respectively.
“Terry wrote four versions of the character of Satan, and I thought I would play only one,” states Rylance. “But I heard I was going to play all four. One of them must have been a woman at some point, but it was when he asked me to grow a beard that I realized I wasn’t going to do it that way. I’m very happy to act for Terrence Malick, but I’m intrigued, because I hear he talks to you all the time. And coming from the theater, I’m not used to the director yelling at me while I act or tell me what to do. But his films always intrigued me.”
Filming on The Last Planet is set to get underway in October, while A Hidden Life is set for a U.S. release in December.
via Flickering Myth