It was all the way back in 2011 when Terrence Malick first got cameras rolling on his Austin music scene movie aka “Weightless.” All we know so far about the movie is that it’s a tale of sexual obsession and betrayal that involves two love triangles, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Holly Hunter, Val Kilmer, Haley Bennett, and many, many more are part of the cast (though who makes the final cut, remains to be seen), and Malick filmed concert scenes at Austin City Limits in 2011 and 2012 featuring Arcade Fire, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, and Black Lips. And while there’s still no whisper of when this movie might be completed, it seems there’s another name that was part of the production.
Interview magazine set up St. Vincent to chat with Rooney Mara, and the actress revealed that the legendary Patti Smith shot a few days on the Malick movie. “She shot, like, three days. I don’t know if she’ll end up in the cut, but her first day, she knocked on my trailer door—I hadn’t met her yet—and she introduced herself, because she was a huge fan of ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.’ I was like [screams]. We had scenes together where she’s showing me stuff on the guitar, and then she does a show in Austin,” she said. “They really wanted me to go out on stage and play with her, which I refused to do. But she put a chair on stage for me to sit and played a song to me. It was amazing. She was playing herself but giving my character all this advice. And it was actually really good advice, all about relationships.”
“She’s playing herself. My character idolized her,” Mara added.
Again, whether or not Smith actually appears in the finished movie is up to Malick during editing, but certainly, he has a lot of footage, actors, and music to work with on this one (including St. Vincent herself, who also shot a scene for the movie). Maybe we’ll see “Weightless” in 2016? Your guess is as good as ours. [via Stereogum]