Ledger, Penn To Co-Star

Heath Ledger and Sean Penn are in talks to star in “Tree of Life,” with River Road Entertainment finally bringing writer-director Terrence Malick’s long-gestating drama to life.

Ledger would take the lead opposite an actress to be determined, with Penn in a supporting role.

Malick also is in talks, with principal photography set to begin in March.

River Road founder Bill Pohlad will produce with Sarah Green, Malick’s producer on his last feature “The New World.”

The film’s plot has been closely guarded, but is described by an insider as a complex drama.

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