There’s few things more embarrassing or upsetting for an actor than being dropped from a film after they already finished filming. And, it’s even more incredulous when it happens to one of great talent and likability like Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz.
Weisz recently revealed her role in the upcoming drama To the Wonder was cut from the finished film and how she only took the part to work with legendary director Terrence Malick (director of The Tree of Life).
Says Weisz, “I had the experience of working with him but I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work.”
Although Weisz has starred in many blockbusters, Malick is notorious for cutting big name actors from his finished films. Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet, and Jessica Chastain were also dropped from the new film, and actors Gary Oldman, Mickey Rourke, Viggo Mortensen, Bill Pullman, and Martin Sheen were cut from The Thin Red Line, so Weisz is in good company.
The finished version of To the Wonder will premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival on September 10th. The story follows a Midwestern man (played by Ben Affleck) who marries a European woman (played by Olga Kurylenko) in Paris. After returning to the US, he is drawn back to his old love (played by Rachel McAdams) and his marriage starts to crumble.