Writer/producer/actor Brit Marling's Hollywood stock is rising, and how.
Huge directors like Robert Redford and Steven Soderbergh have been clamoring after her for their next films, but she just brushes her shoulders off and keeps doing her thing. Next up for Marling and "Sound of My Voice" director/co-writer Zal Batmanglij is "The East," and with casting rumors just beginning, it looks like this thriller is going to hit its October start date.
Alexander Skarsgard is the first actor whose name is attached to "The East." According to the The Hollywood Reporter, if Skarsgard signs on, he'll be playing the head of an active eco-terrorist group that's being infiltrated by an FBI agent, presumably played by Marling. That's all the info we've got to go on so far, but it sounds pretty darn interesting.
New York Magazine reported a few weeks ago, "Our spies say Fox Searchlight intends to make it, but only provided the studio can land a huge star to anchor it." Could be they have found their man with Skarsgard?
The "True Blood" star has been doing feature-length films for quite some time, but other than a cameo in "Zoolander" as Meekus, he has kept to Swedish productions for the most part until recently. With star turns in Rod Lurie's "Straw Dogs" and Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" this fall and next summer's "Battleship," it's a wonder he'll be able to get back to Bon Temps, La., by nightfall.
He's currently filming the divorce drama "What Maisie Knew" with Oscar nominee Julianne Moore.