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WATCH: Two Alternate Endings to 'The East' with Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgard

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 16, 2013 at 7:01PM

Zal Batmanglij's "The East" could have ended dramatically differently, judging from one of the two alternate endings to the punkish episonage thriller, both posted below.
Brit Marling the East

Zal Batmanglij's punkish episonage thriller "The East" could have ended dramatically differently, judging from one of the two alternate endings to the film, both posted below. Often deleted scenes provide a slightly new perspective, but they often feel superfluous, even for DVD extras. These cut scenes from "The East" are not superfluous, but rather show that a substantially different narrative could have taken shape. 

In Batmanglij's film, Brit Marling plays a young operative for a private consulting group, hired to infiltrate an anarchist collective called the East. (TOH's interview with Marling about her role is here.) Skarsgard plays an effective leader of the East collective, plotting revenge on executives that they suppose are causing environmental harm. After spending time with the East, Marling's character begins to reconsider her principles and motivations as the stakes heighten. These two new scenes reveal more about the emotional and physical trials endured by Marling's character. 

"The East" will be released on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.

This article is related to: The East, Brit Marling, Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij, Zal Batmanglij, Alexander Skarsgård

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.