By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 29, 2011 at 9:12AM
Zal Batmanglij's The East, written with his Sound of My Voice collaborator/co-writer/producer Brit Marling (clip below), will star Marling and Alexander Skarsgard, and is inches away from casting Ellen Page. The thriller is about a woman (Marling) who works for a firm that is hired by corporations to protect them from big business haters and environmentalist radicals. She must infiltrate one such anarchist group, 'The East,' which is led by Skarsgard. Page, fresh from Woody Allen's Bop Decameron, will play his one-time lover and a member of the group; according to Variety, Felicity Jones was originally attached. UPDATE: Patricia Clarkson and Toby Kebbell join the cast as Marling's boss and “a doctor who was treated with a tainted drug that caused him to have Parkinson’s-like symptoms,” respectively [FSR].
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Fox Searchlight is in the Brit Marling business. They picked up and released Another Earth, will open Sound of My Voice in 2012, and are backing The East, which is produced by Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free Productions. Ben Howe, Michael Costigan, Jocelyn Hayes Simpson and Maresa Pullman are producers.
Here's our Sundance interview with breakout star Marling.