Shiloh Fernandez and Aldis Hodge Join ‘The East’

Saturday, Oct 29, 2011

Shiloh Fernandez and Aldis Hodge Join ‘The East’

Posted by , on October 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I predicted a few weeks ago that The East would quickly become, as I said, “one of ‘those’ projects” that people like myself get sick of before a single shot has been completed, all because of a saturation in casting news. That didn’t exactly happen, though; we’re hearing of the first since that initial prediction, which only goes further to prove that I’m a dolt.

Variety and THR say that Red Riding Hood‘s Shiloh Fernandez and Leverage‘s Aldis Hodge, respectively, have jumped on board Zal Batmanglij‘s sophomore effort. They’ll be alongside an ensemble that currently includes co-writer Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson.

Just so this story doesn’t sound too obscure, you should be aware that the film follows a private contracting firm-hired agent (Marling) undercover with a group of eco-terrorists called The East (led by Skarsgård). Knowing this, it makes more sense when I tell you that Fernandez will play “the free-spirited and sexually adventurous member of Skarsgard’s eco-terrorism group,” and Hodge has the role of “an ex-military member of the townspeople who is affiliated with the group.” Context is fun!

Neither thespian are ones I know all too well, but I can safely say that the rest of the cast is terrific, and Batmanglij is said to have shown a great deal of promise with his debut from this year, Sound of My Voice — that film also starred and was co-written by Marling. With that hype and this potential, The East looks like a good one. It’s either shooting right now or about to start, and a release of late 2012 is expected.


source: The FilmStage

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