Hanan Townshend is reuniting with director Terrence Malick on the upcoming drama Knight of Cups. The film is also written by Malick and stars Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Joel Kinnaman, Teresa Palmer, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Nick Offerman, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Jason Clarke and Freida Pinto. Recent reports indicate that not all listed actors will make the final cut of the movie. No specific plot details have been revealed yet. Sarah Green (The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, Mud) is producing the project with Nicolas Gonda (The Tree of Life, The New World). Townshend has previously scored Malick’s last feature To the Wonder. He is the first composer to collaborate with Malick more than once. The director has also worked with such composers as Ennio Morricone (Days of Heaven), Hans Zimmer (The Thin Red Line), James Horner (The New World) and Alexandre Desplat (The Tree of Life). Knight of Cups is expected to premiere in 2014.
Townshend is also contributing music to the upcoming drama The Better Angels. The film, which was originally entitled The Green Blade Rises is directed by AJ Edwards, Malick’s editor on his last couple of features, and stars Wes Bentley, Brit Marling, Diane Kruger and Jason Clarke. The movie centers on Abraham Lincoln’s formative years, including abandonment by his father in the harsh winter wilderness. Malick is producing the project with Nicolas Gonda and Charley Beil (To The Wonder). Zbigniew Preisner has originally been announced as the composer of the film. The Better Angels is also expected to premiere next year.
Also coming up for the composer is the comedy drama Believe Me directed by Will Bakke and starring Alex Russell, Miles Fisher, Sinqua Walls, Max Adler, Johanna Brady, Zachary Knighton and Christopher McDonald. The movie follows four broke and desperate college seniors who start a fake Christian charity to make money for tuition. Click here to learn more about the film.