Reclusive director Terence Malick will direct two back-to-back films in 2012.

The Tree of Life director has assembled an all-star cast for the brace of films, including Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett for Lawless, while Bale and Blanchett will also star in Knight of Cups.

Malick is already in pre-production on both films but not surprisingly the man who helmed such big screen classics as Badlands (1973) and Days of Heaven (1978) is revealing nothing about the plot of either film.

It is a very prolific time for Malick, who up to this year’s Tree of Life, had made only four movies – apart from the aforementioned, there was The Thin Red Line (1998) and The New World (2005).

He is currently in post-production on an untitled film starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz.