Josh Rottenberg
August 12, 2010 AT 09:01 PM EDT

Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz have joined the cast of director Terrence Malick’s as-yet-untitled next film, according to Christian Bale, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem have also been announced as cast members in the romantic drama, though it appears that Affleck may be stepping in to replace Bale. Malick, whose long-delayed epic Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, is expected to be released sometime this fall, is slated to begin shooting in October in Oklahoma.

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