The East, a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling, stars Marling as former FBI agent Sarah Moss. Moss is starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. Handpicked for a plum assignment by the company’s head honcho, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), Sarah goes deep undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activity. Determined, highly-trained and resourceful, Sarah soon ingratiates herself with the group, overcoming their initial suspicions and joining them on their next action or “jam.” But living closely with the intensely committed members of The East, Sarah finds herself torn between her two worlds as she starts to connect with anarchist Benji (Alexander Skarsgård) and the rest of the collective, and awakens to the moral contradictions of her personal life.
The East Release Date
In Theaters May 31, 2013
The East Credits
Starring:Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Julia Ormond, and Patricia Clarkson
Written By:Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling
Directed By:Zal Batmanglij
Produced By:Michael Costigan, Jocelyn Hayes, Brit Marling, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott
Co-written and directed by Sound of my Voice helmer Zal Batmanglij, the new film centers on Sarah Moss (Marling), an investigator for a private intelligence firm that has been hired to track down and infiltrate a secretive anarchist group known as The East that has been attacking major corporations.
Apr 25, 2013
Sundance Hit The East Gets A Thrilling New Trailer
What is The East? A terrorist thriller unlike any you've seen before. Named for a vigilante group dedicated to executing covert attacks on major corporations, this already acclaimed drama focuses on an undercover operative (Marling) from an elite private intelligence firm sent in to investigate The East.
Mar 18, 2013
Brit Marling, Ellen Page And Alexander Skarsgard Stare You Down On The East Poster
It’s an unfortunate fact, but many indie movies are fairly difficult to track down. They’ll get positive reviews out of major film festivals, but never get a wide release and typically only play in the smallest markets, the smallest theaters or both. But now we have release date news for two of the biggest titles to come out of the indie scene in the last year.
Feb 14, 2013
Indie Hits The East And Spring Breakers Get New Release Dates
Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling’s The East has been selected as the Closing Night film for the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival, it was revealed today. The annual event also revealed a handful of new titles that finally complete this year’s Film Conference lineup, including screenings of Alicia Dwyer’s documentary Xmas Without China and James Ponsoldt’s Sundance hit, The Spectacular Now.
Feb 13, 2013
Joss Whedon, Danny Boyle Headed To SXSW, Which WIll Close With Brit Marling's The East
Two years ago Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij took a late premiere slot for their film Sound of My Voice and seemingly took over the Sundance Film Festival overnight. Their low-budget, tightly scripted and mysterious movie was the rare Sundance film that seemed to immediately demand a sequel
Jan 22, 2013
Sundance Review: The East Is The Thoughtful Spy Thriller Hollywood Has Forgotten How To Make
Starring Marling as well as Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard, Shiloh Fernandez, Patricia Clarkson, Julia Ormond and Toby Kebbell, The East follows a undercover agent and contractor (Marling) for an elite private intelligence firm who is hired to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective that has been known to commit terrorist attacks against major corporations. But as she gets pulled in further and further she begins to question which side she is really playing for.
Patricia Clarkson exuded pure, icy power in her guest appearance on Parks & Recreation as Ron Swansons' IRS agent ex-wife Tammy, and apparently she liked being a terrifying boss so much that she's going to do it again, at the movies this time. Variety reports that Clarkson has signed on to Fox Searchlight's project The East
Oct 12, 2011
Patricia Clarkson Will Boss Around Brit Marling In The East
Kebbell would play a doctor who “was treated with a tainted drug that caused him to have Parkinson’s-like symptoms.” He’s gifted enough that he likely wouldn’t make the disease showy, and I’m honestly interested to see how he’ll fit into Batmanglij’s still-developing picture.
Oct 05, 2011
Toby Kebbell Is The Latest Actor Looking Toward Brit Marling's The East
Marling would star as a woman hired by a private contracting firm to infiltrate The East, a group described as “a mysterious anarchist organization.” True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard would play the East’s leader, while Page would be Izzy, his former lover who starts to grow jealous at the attention paid to new “recruit,” Marling.
Sep 29, 2011
Ellen Page Recruited For The East With Sundance Fave Brit Marling
If we were taking bets on which rising stars would be the biggest names in Hollywood one year from today, smart money would be on Alexander Skarsgard and Brit Marling-- and now they may team up in a new film to prove it. Skarsgard is currently in talks to join Marling in The East
Aug 23, 2011
Alexander Skarsgard May Join The East With Brit Marling