Briefly: You can probably call this the constant lineup of actresses that will test or be wishlisted for a great many lead female roles over the next year. Variety reports that Joeseph Kosinski is testing Jessica Chastain, Olga Kurylenko, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace and Olivia Wilde for the lead female role opposite Tom Cruise in his latest film. The movie has been called Oblivion, and at once point looked like it would be renamed Horizons. When it moved to Universal from Disney, Oblivion was the title in play once more, but it looks like they’re going back to Horizons for the time being.

Regardless, the plot is the same:”In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. But when surface drone repairman Jak discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.” Karl Gajdusek‘s rewrote William Monahan‘s script, which in turn was based on the original story hatched by Joseph Kosinski and Arvid Nelson.

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From Generation Kill through to True Blood, Alexander Skarsgård‘s profile has been rising quickly. He was a fan favorite choice to play Thor, and though that didn’t happen — and Chris Hemsworth acquitted himself pretty well in the role, making his own career in the process — Skarsgård isn’t hurting for work. He’s already shot parts in Rod Lurie’s remake of Straw Dogs (maybe not the best choice, OK) and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. He’s in Battleship, and has now landed a role in pedigreed indie The East. Read More »

We’ve got a diverse set of projects on which to report in this latest casting break: a political prestige project, a more routine-sounding thriller, and a dark comedy with quite a good pedigree. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Brit Marling seems to have settled on Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep as her next big role,
  • Gerard Butler will play a rogue former FBI agent in The Bricklayer,
  • and Natasha Lyonne joins Kristen Wiig’s passion project, Imogene. Read More »

Two actresses broke out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival in a big way: Elizabeth Olsen (thanks to Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House) and Brit Marling, who starred in and co-wrote Another Earth and The Sound of My Voice. Elizabeth Olsen has four films in various stages of completion (Red Lights; Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding; Liberal Arts; and Very Good Girls) while Brit Marling has shot a role in Arbitrage and flirted with Breaking the Girl.

And while the actress is looking to make The East, about “an FBI agent who infiltrates an ecoterrorist group,” which she co-wrote with The Sound of My Voice director Zal Batmanglij, there is a queue of big-time directors reportedly courting Marling for their upcoming projects. Read More »

‘Another Earth’ Trailer

This week, Fox Searchlight is all about Sundance breakout star Brit Marling. She wrote, produced and starred in two films that hit the fest this year: The Sound of My Voice and Another Earth, each of which has a sort of sci-fi component. Fox Searchlight announced yesterday that it had picked up The Sound of My Voice, in which Brit Marling plays a cult leader named Maggie who claims to be a time traveler from the year 2054, leading two documentary filmmakers to infiltrate her group to get the truth behind her story.

We don’t know when that will be released, but Fox Searchlight had also already picked up Another Earth, in which Brit Marling plays a young scientist who becomes entangled with an older composer just as a duplicate Earth is discovered. That film will be released on July 22, and the studio has released a full trailer, which you can see after the break. Read More »

One of my favorite movies of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival was Zal Batmanglij‘s Sound of My Voice, a microbudget dramatic thriller which is about a couple who infiltrate a cult in the San Fernando Valley. But the story has a tiny bit of a science fiction as well — the leader of the group is a woman named Maggie who claims to be a time traveler from the year 2054. The couple sneak cameras into the cult hoping to expose her scam. You can read my lengthy review here (I’ve tried my hardest to keep it spoiler free). Variety has word that Fox Searchlight has acquired distribution rights to the film.

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The buzz surrounding indie screenwriter/actress Brit Marling has been all but deafening coming out of this year’s Sundance and SXSW festivals. Marling co-wrote and starred in two films that earned rave reviews at both festivals – the sci-fi romance Another Earth, directed by Mike Cahill, and the dramatic thriller Sound of My Voice, directed by Zal Batmanglij — and is widely being talked about as the next indie It Girl. (Non-festivalgoers might better remember her as Britta’s lesbian friend Page from Community.)

But Marling’s not resting on her laurels. She recently revealed her next three projects: Nicholas Jarecki‘s Arbitrage, Jamie Babbit‘s Breaking the Girl, and The East, which reunites her with Batmanglij. And at least one of those features hot girl-on-girl action! Hit the jump to learn more.

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‘Another Earth’ Teaser Trailer and Clips

Another Earth, a sort of low-key relationship drama, is a film that did very well at Sundance — it won the special jury prize and was picked up by Fox Searchlight for release in the near future. The film hasn’t really played anywhere outside Sundance, so this teaser trailer and pair of clips is all that’s really out there to get the film in the public eye. While these aren’t really the best clips — I half expect Fox Searchlight to have them taken down — they’ll do for now, until a real, full trailer is released. Read More »

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