Malick picks his next leading lady
Terrence Malick’s demonstrated taste for unknown female leads has lifted the careers of Sissy Spacek and Jessica Chastain, and now he’s chosen his next femme, who will join the helmer’s untitled project with Christian Bale. Malick is writing and directing the project, and while no deal has been struck, sources tell Variety that the auteur has made up his mind as to who will be in next summer’s scheduled shoot. Variety reported earlier Thursday that Hayley Bennett (pictured, above) was the one, and sources close to the process later backed off to say she was a front-runner for the part. Now they say another candidate could close the deal -- OK, awkward, we know -- so we'll just have to wait and see. Clemence Poesy was another in the mix that, despite Malick’s affinity for lesser-known female leads, included Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska.