Ledger, Penn Plant Malick’s Tree

Heath Ledger and Sean Penn are in talks to star in writer-director Terrence Malick’s long-gestating drama “Tree of Life” for River Road Entertainment reports Reuters.

The film’s plot has been closely guarded, but is described by an insider as a complex drama. Ledger would take the lead opposite an actress to be determined, with Penn in a supporting role.

Colin Farrell was in talks to star two years ago, with about a third of the shoot set for India, but the star and location are no longer part of the project. Principal photography is set to begin in March.