Even though I found myself floundering through Terrence Malick‘s last star-studded film The Tree of Life, yet again I’m intrigued by his next project because of the considerable talent involved. We already knew that the untitled movie (formerly known as Lawless) starred Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara because we’ve been treated to on-set photos of the two smooching. Turns out the cast is much bigger, also starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman—and, as a new photo reveals, Michael Fassbender!
Fassy stopped by the set recently, ostensibly to film a cameo with the hopes that he’d be included in the Malick movie. That’s how we got this beautiful, blurry shot of him and Ryan shooting the shit, or perhaps even doing some confrontational scene. (Personally, I think it looks like Michael is acting out the One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor meme.) All we know about the movie is from the IMDb summary: Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.
The photo seems to have originated on Tumblr, and of course is getting ALL the reblogs. Some users think it’s fake, suggesting that the blurriness is a trick to hide any Photoshop issues, but others point toward Twitter statuses corroborating this blessed convergence of beautiful men:
My brother just saw Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, and Michael Fassbender at his job… # envious
I really don’t know what I would do if I saw Michael and Ryan on-screen together. That unbridled sexual energy crossed with almost-shy hunkiness, the shark smile and the cute laugh, the tousled bedhead and the perfectly-groomed hair… How would I react?
Oh, yeah, that’s how.