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Ledger & Penn are sitting in a ‘Tree’

What a great month its been for Malick fans – first the Criterion Co. release of the Malick-approved Days of Heaven and now a bit of casting announcements on a project that has been in gestation for a very long time – almost three decades!

Until recently was supposed to be shot in India with some production from there and with a possible Mel Gibson and Collin Farrell sighting, but The Hollywood Reporter reports that Heath Ledger and Sean Penn are in talks to star in Tree of Lifea complex drama sees Ledger in the lead opposite an a female character with Sean Penn in a supporting role. Penn stared in Malick's The Thin Red Line and helped the filmmaker edit the film.

Malick can be thankful to River Road Entertainment's Bill Pohlad and Sarah Green who'll back this project. Shooting begins in the month of March.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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