Indie Actress Brit Marling Joining 'Arbitrage' and 'Breaking the Girl'
by Ethan Anderton
March 21, 2011
After making quite an impression on myself and some other Sundance attendees, actress and writer Brit Marling is on the verge of a huge career boost. At the aforementioned film festival in January, Marling charmed plenty of audiences with her work in front of and behind the camera as a writer and actress in both Another Earth (which has already been picked up for distribution) and Sound of My Voice (a film that I didn't review, but loved immensely). Now the actress has revealed to she has a pretty big role coming up in Nicholas Jarecki's next film Arbitrage, and she's attached to a project called Breaking the Girl as well.
With Arbitrage, The Playlist noticed Marling's reveal of her casting in an interview from Movieline. The actress says, "I’m doing something in April called Arbitrage that I think will be really fun to do, coming in as an actor with nothing to do with the writing or the producing. That’s a lovely experience, to come in and just do that job.” When we last heard about the project, Eva Green, Al Pacino and Susan Sarandon were involved, but it appears Marling will replace Green and Pacino dropped out of the project in January. The story follows a hedge-fund magnate who struggles to complete the sale of his trading business to a big bank before the level of fraud is exposed. Aside from a shady business, the hedge fund guy juggles a wife (Sarandon) and an art dealer mistress (Marling), as well as some vicious rivals.
With Breaking the Girl, Thompson on Hollywood noticed Marling's involvement thanks to Variety's compilation of some projects from the Berlin Film Market last month. The film's logline says, "Alex and Sara commiserate over their enemies, and Alex suggests that they should kill off each other's nemeses. Sara shrugs it off as a morbid joke until someone turns up dead." Marling would co-star in one of the lead roles alongside Madeline Zima and the film is described as “a total guilty pleasure movie in the tradition of Wild Things and Showgirls." That sounds pretty erotic to say the least.
Honestly, I'm looking forward to Brit Marling doing anything in the near future. She recently had a bit part in an episode of NBC's comedy series "Community" and while she didn't do a whole lot, I was positively giddy to see her on screen again after Sundance. Marling will definitely be a talent to keep an eye on as her career moves from the indie arena into the Hollywood spotlight. We'll probably also see her hand behind the camera as much as her beautiful face in front of it. At least that's what I'm hoping. Sound good?