Alexander Skarsgard Will Be Heading to 'The East' with Brit Marling

August 23, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

Alexander Skarsgard

While many are used to seeing him steam up the small screen on HBO's "True Blood," audiences will see Alexander Skarsgard on the big screen again soon enough with his role in Straw Dogs, hitting theaters in September. Now Heat Vision has word that Skarsgard is in talks to join The East, a new thriller from breakout Sundance Film Festival talent Brit Marling (Another Earth, Sound of My Voice) who co-wrote the script with Zat Batmangli, who will also be directing the film. Marling is pulling double duty again as she will also star in the story about a female agent who infiltrates an eco-terrorist group called The East.

Skarsgard would play the leader of The East who seeks revenge against unethical corporations. The film seems to share some similarities with Marling and Batmangli's Sound of My Voice, a film about a couple who makes their way inside a strange cult worshiping a woman they believe is from the future. It was one of my favorite films at Sundance, and will likely be one of my favorite films of the year, so here's hoping Fox Searchlight (who picked up the film earlier this year) sends it out to theaters soon. Otherwise, I'm interested to see how more recognizable talents fits in with Marling and Batmangli's indie sensibilities.

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