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By Patrick Kevin Day
The best actor winner has completed production on writer-director Terrence Malicks The Tree of Life. Penn plays a man who grew up in the Midwest in the 1950s coming to grips with his past. Brad Pitt, whom Penn beat in the best actor race, co-stars. And according to Variety, Penn is in talks to play another real-life character, this time as Ambassador Joseph Wilson in a biopic of the Valerie Plame spy incident with director Doug Liman.