Actress Natalie Portman has signed on to both of director Terrence Malick's new movies which shoot back to back this year, Knight of Cups and Lawless. These are the first movies she has committed to since winning the Best Actress Oscar last year for Black Swan.

Knight of Cups will start shooting this summer, and has Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Isabel Lucas attached to star. Lawless begins production in the fall, and stars Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Haley Bennett, and Justin Wheelon.

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We reported last year that FilmNation will be distributing both Knight of Cups and Lawless, which will be released in 2013. As is the case with most Terrence Malick projects, no story details have been released for either movie.