Reclusive director Terrence Malick, now famous for completely cutting several well-known actors from the finished products of his films, has done so once again. This time the director has left Rachel Weisz and a few others lying on the cutting room floor for his latest project To the Wonder.
Malick’s reputation for unforgiving editing began with 1998’s The Thin Red Line, where Adrien Brody, originally meant to be the lead, was reduced to a supporting role, and featured other big-name stars such as George Clooney for only a matter of minutes in the final cut of the film.
The director’s latest film is confirmed to have four primary roles played by the likes of Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem. However, initial reports indicated several supplementary roles, including the part to be played by Weisz.
Deadline is now reporting that Weisz—along with Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen and Amanda Peet—have all been completely removed from the film.
Given his reputation and lack of interaction with the press, the best we can do is speculate as to the reason for these cuts, though it is highly likely the director simply chose to take the film in a direction that did not benefit from these performances. The film is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday.