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Official Logline For Terrence Malick’s ‘Lawless’ Reveals Tale Of “Sexual Obsession And Betrayal”

Official Logline For Terrence Malick's 'Lawless' Reveals Tale Of "Sexual Obsession And Betrayal"

It looks like a layer from Terrence Malick‘s otherwise mysterious “Lawless” has been peeled back. The film, one of two the director will shoot this year, has been working under a veil of secrecy thus far, but it looks like that pre-production work last fall at the Austin City Limits music festival was a good practice round for the upcoming film. And a new logline for the film reveals another interesting thematic turn for the helmer.

Production company FilmNation has a logline for the film that describes the plot as following “two intersecting love triangles. It is a story of sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.” And well, that’s all we have for now, but it’s the biggest detail yet about the film that is set to star a great cast including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennett. And Malick fans might want to snap up some passes for this year’s Austin City Limits fest, as we’re guessing the director will be back.

Before the end of last year, Mara revealed that the film wouldn’t be shooting until September (“Knight Of Cups” is slated to shoot first this summer). Given that we now know the film will be playing out against the backdrop of the music scene in Austin, we wouldn’t be surprised if the production schedules add some additional time to hit the festival again when it runs from October 12-14.

Either way, it’s an interesting revelation about the film which finds Malick moving yet again in another bold new direction. The official word on “Knight Of Cups” is that it will be a “separate narrative” from “Lawless” but given the casting crossover between both films (Bale, Blancett and Portman feature in both films, which seems like at least one love triangle), we wonder…

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So maybe there is a connection between the two films?? Interesting. I'm curious as to how this old gent they call Master Malick goes from origins of the earth to a sexual love story?


Cate Blanchett in two Malick's movies. It's fantastic !


Just a reminder, he was shooting only Bale's sceens last year at the music festival. The shots of Gosling were filmed at Austin's Fun Fun Festival in early November.


it sounds wildy for a Malick movie


Sounds intriguing. I'm stoked. Bale and Portman are my favorites.


A tale about sexual obsession with both Bale and Gosling in the cast? Fangirls just screamed out loud.


If you go on the FilmNation website and look up Knight of Cups it gives a partial summary before being cut off, requesting that you sign in. This is what it says:

Pre-Production KNIGHT OF CUPS is the story of a man in search of love and truth. Rick and his friends find their way through the labyrinth of c …

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