Terrence Malick Now Using Spaghetti Method of Casting: ‘Knight of Cups’ Will Also Include Joel Kinnaman and Others

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A few weeks ago, a filming notice plastered to the side of my apartment building revealed that Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups was filming within feet of my front door. Apparently, I should have stuck around to watch that all play out, because perhaps Malick would have tossed me into a frame or two, as the auteur now seems bent on getting anyone and everyone into his latest film.

You’ll remember that Knight of Cups is just one of Malick’s currently-in-production features that stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and Wes Bentley. This is the one that appears to be set in Los Angeles (the production has been spotted on the beach in Venice and Santa Monica, and my neighborhood is adjacent to both) not the one once known as Lawless that is set in Austin) and this is the one that centers on Bale as “a depressed writer” who, if on-set pictures are to be believed, seems to ease himself with a string of beautiful women.

Now Swedish outlet SvD reveals that Joel Kinnaman (Snabba Cash, the next RoboCop) has also joined the film as “a rich playboy,” which seems like the type of dude who would hang out with Bale’s character. Additionally, The Film Stage and The Playlist pass on word that an extra named extra Brett Anderson says he shot some scenes with Antonio Banderas, who was rumored to have a part in the film. The Playlist also checked in on the film’s IMDB page, which reveals that both Thomas Lennon and Michael Wincott are listed as part of the cast. Not enough for you? The Las Vegas Review-Journal also shares that Elvis impersonator Paul Casey filmed some scenes for the film, because really, why the fuck not?

The film’s cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Jones, Joe Manganiello, and Ryan O’Neal. At this rate, that list will likely balloon within the next seventy-two hours.

If you have somehow been cast in Knight of Cups and your name was not listed here, please, feel free to reach out to us.

Note: By “spaghetti method,” we of course mean the time-honored tradition of throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks. In this case, Joel Kinnaman has been thrown at the wall.

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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