Zal Batmanglij’s The East has added some star power to its ranks. Variety reports that Ellen Page has joined rising stars Brit Marling (Another Earth) and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) in the dramatic thriller. The story centers on an undercover agent (Marling, who also co-wrote the film) from a private contracting firm who is tasked with protecting corporations from eco-terrorists and anti-business extremists. When she is sent to investigate an anarchist organization known as “The East”, she finds herself falling for its leader (Skarsgard). Page will play Izzy, a member of The East who is the leader’s former lover and is now jealous of Marling’s character. The Oscar-nominated actress wrapped shooting on Woody Allen’s Bop Decameron this past summer.
Batmanglij and Marling previously teamed-up for the acclaimed drama Sound of My Voice, which was picked up by Fox Searchlight (who are also behind The East) following the buzz it received on the festival circuit earlier this year. I’m getting pretty miffed at the studio for being silent on their release plans for the film, especially since it looks like The East covers similar ground in exploring cults.