By Adam Markovitz
Updated February 10, 2012 at 05:40 PM EST
Natalie Portman
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For a director who keeps his distance from Hollywood, Terrence Malick is certainly loading up on star power for his next two movies. A rep for Natalie Portman confirms that the Oscar winner is set to take her first post-Oscar (and post-baby) film roles in Malick’s next two projects, Lawless and Knight of Cups. (The news was first reported by Deadline.)

Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett will also pull double duty in both films, which are reportedly shooting back-to-back, while Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling will join the troupe on Lawless. As usual for Malick’s movies, plot details for these projects are being kept totally under wraps. (Remember how nobody really knew what The Tree of Life was about before it came out? Or even after?) So your guess is as good as ours. Will Lawless be the long-awaited Lucy Lawless biopic? Is Knight of Cups a college comedy set at the World Series of Beer Pong intercut with wordless images of dinosaurs also playing beer pong? Probably not. But you never know. Hit us with your best theories in the comments.

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