added: Mon, Jan 21st '13
Following its weekend premiere at Sundance, the first trailer has been released for "The East," the latest thriller from writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling, the filmmaking team behind the indie hit "Sound of My Voice." Here, Marling plays a company-paid operative who gets way more than she bargained for when she agrees to go undercover as a member of a tight-knit crew of anti-corporation extremists called The East.
Marking the second collaborative effort from Marling and Batmanglij, the film surprisingly contains many of the same elements of their previous film -- infiltrating a secret group, a charismatic cult-like leader, and the temptation of a magnetic message. And it's also powered by a talented cast of notable names, which includes Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard, Patricia Clarkson and Julia Ormond. Fox Searchlight will once again be working with the duo, handling the film's distribution, which has been set to be release in theaters in May.
In THE EAST, Sarah Moss (Marling) is a brilliant operative for an elite private intelligence firm whose top objective is to ruthlessly protect the interests of their A-list corporate clientele. She is assigned to go undercover to infiltrate an anarchist collective known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. Living amongst them in an effort to get closer to their members, Sarah finds herself unexpectedly torn between two worlds as she starts to fall in love with the group's charismatic leader, finding her life and her priorities irrevocably changed.
directed by Zal Batmanglij
starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson, Shiloh Fernandez, Toby Kebbell, Aldis Hodge, Julia Ormond
release date May 31, 2013