Perhaps this isn’t unexpected from the man who turned Adrien Brody’s leading role in The Thin Red Line into a brief supporting role (without telling him!) or turned The Tree of Life into something completely different from the script Sean Penn fell in love with, but Terrence Malick has cut major stars from the final edit of his next film, To The Wonder.

Following earlier statements by Jessica Chastain that she was no longer in the film (boo!) Rachel Weiz, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen and Amanda Peet have all been left on the cutting room floor. Weiz in particular sounded quite unhappy about it: “I had the experience of working with him (Malick) but I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work.

Honestly, that’s very understandable. You dedicate your time and life to a performance just to have it removed, for no one to ever see it. These are also some impressive actors that are being cut, it leaves you wondering if their performances weren’t up to snuff or if their roles were simply deemed unimportant.

TO THE WONDER, written and directed by Terrence Malick, is a romantic drama centered on Neil, a man who is torn between two loves: Marina, the European woman who came to United States to be with him, and Jane, the old flame he reconnects with from his hometown. In TO THE WONDER, Malick explores how love and its many phases and seasons – passion, sympathy, obligation, sorrow, indecision – can transform, destroy, and reinvent lives.

Starring (for the time being) Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdamsOlga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem, the film will premier tomorrow, Sunday, at the Venice Film Festival, so we’ll be hearing reactions soon enough.

I, for one, am looking forward to seeing it, especially following Affleck’s comments on it: ”Yes, I’ve seen it… and it makes The Tree of Life look like Transformers.

If that means that The Tree of Life was a commercial film as opposed to this one, then we’re in for some far-out stuff.

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