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 »
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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Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
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, 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 »
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). I’m really shocked that this film has not been picked up yet, especially since its filled with franchise and viral marketing possibilities (it is the first part of a planned trilogy, seriously…). I still think they need to change the horrible title.
The movie will be playing at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March, and the producers have released what’s being called a trailer, but what in actuality is a one and a half minute clip from the very beginning of the film (so there are no spoilers in as much as you’re watching the first minute or so of the movie). It’s probably not the most interesting clip either, as this is the type of story that takes a little while to build. Either way, you can watch the clip embedded after the jump.
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At the beginning of the week, everyone was talking about Elizabeth Olsen, the OTHER Olsen sister, who had been unofficially crowned the “it” girl of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. She’s a new young talent that had her public coming out, appearing in two films at this year’s fest, both of which sold early in the week — Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House.
And Elizabeth is a talent we should watch out for in years to come, but the star power extruding from her family’s name seems to be blinding people to the real story, the real “it” girl of this year’s festival — Brit Marling. If you ask me, she is a new force in the independent film scene. Not only did she star in two of the more highly acclaimed films of this year’s Sundance, but she also co-wrote and produced both features. Both movies have a sci-fi component, but for the most part deal in the world and reality of today.
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I’m always excited to see independently-produced science fiction films at the Sundance Film Festival because it usually means I’m in for a treat. Notable mentions include Shane Carruth’s 2004 time travel movie Primer, and Duncan Jones’ 2009 psychological space thriller Moon. This year’s line-up is almost completely devoid of sci-fimovies. As far as I can tell, the only two films are: the Midnight movie selection Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and a film in the dramatic competition called Another Earth.
Another Earth is described as follows: “On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.” Sounds like a cool concept for a sci-fi movie, right?
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