Ellen Page is in final negotiations to star with Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgard in The East, Zal Batmanglij‘s thriller about a mysterious eco-terrorism organization called The East. Marling, who co-wrote the script with Batmanglij, leads as an undercover agent who infiltrates the group but then finds herself developing feelings for the group’s leader (Skarsgard). Page will play Izzy, a member of The East and Skarsgard’s ex, who becomes jealous of relationship between Marling and Skarsgard. Page replaces Felicity Jones, who had to drop out of the project due to press commitments for Like Crazy.

The addition of the Oscar-nominated Page should add even more buzz to a film that’s already been getting plenty of it. Marling and Batmanglij broke out at this year’s Sundance with Sound of my Voice, and True Blood star Skarsgard has a handful of interesting projects in the works. Page’s next big-screen appearance will be in next year’s Woody Allen-directed Bop Decameron, alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, and Alec Baldwin.

The East is set to begin shooting in Nashville in October. [Variety]

After the jump, Anthony Mackie dreams up a new project for himself and Tom Everett Scott pairs up with Marisa Tomei.

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Coming off Midnight in Paris, his biggest financial success in decades, Woody Allen is ready to shoot his 2012 film. It’s called The Bop Decameron and he’s just finalized the very impressive cast, many of which we were already aware of. The most exciting news is the confirmation that Allen himself will return to the screen after a few films off (his last one was 2006′s Scoop). He’ll star along with Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. It’ll start filming in Rome next month. No word on the plot, as Allen likes to keep those under wraps, but we try and decipher the title and announce more cast members after the jump. Read More »

As Woody Allen prepares to arrive in Cannes with his latest film Midnight in Paris, he is confirming some casting reports about his next film, to be shot in Rome, which he calls “a comic picture, an out-and-out comedy.” Speaking to USA Today he offered that quote, said that reports pegging the film’s title as The Wrong Picture were, uh, wrong, and confirming that he would indeed appear in the film.

And he also confirmed Deadline‘s report that Roberto Benigni would play a part in the movie. We don’t know what that part will be, but he’ll join Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg and Alec Baldwin. Read More »

Woody Allen is notoriously shy about naming his movies, typically only doing so after writing the script, and sometimes picking a name far later in the process, like when the film has been shot. He has lately been prepping a film that will shoot in Rome this year, with a cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page and Alec Baldwin.

Now in an interview with Le Journal du dimanche, the director appears to say the name of the film is The Wrong Picture. That could be a working title, and we’re waiting for confirmation. No plot details accompanied that revelation, but that is also standard operating procedure for the guy. What can we glean about the new film from the title? Not a whole lot at this point, but if he’s letting the name slip now expect to hear more casting soon.

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The other day when Alec Baldwin was set as one of the actors for Woody Allen‘s next film, Jesse Eisenberg was mentioned as a possible choice as well. And many of you probably thought “well, duh. Of course he is.” Is there any more obvious, even necessary actor to put in a Woody Allen movie? Not now.  So, no shock to know that he’s now been confirmed for the currently mysterious project that will be shot in Rome. And along with Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page has been added to the mix, too. They join Penelope Cruz, who was the first cast. Because there is no plot or even a title announced just yet, that’s all we can tell you for the moment. [Variety]

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Here is the trailer for James Gunn‘s weird and probably, as the quote suggests, very inappropriate super hero movie Super. Rainn Wilson looks like he is perfectly cast as a guy who creates a costumed alter-ego after his hot wife (Liv Tyler) dumps him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Ellen Page is the young girl who becomes his too-eager sidekick after helping instruct him on the basics of superheroes and we even get a peek at Nathan Fillion as The Holy Avenger. Check out the almost-uncomfortable trailer after the break. Read More »

James Gunn’s ‘Super’ Gets a Great New Poster

James Gunn made his film Super, starring Rainn Wilson as an average guy who creates a costumed alter-ego after his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), on a tiny budget and with a great deal of freedom. There’s something appropriate about the story of a weird, homegrown ‘superhero’ becoming a weird, homegrown movie. I find the film’s promise of uncomfortable humor and l0w-budget violence appealing, and think this poster captures some of the film’s spirit perfectly. See the full handmade-looking image after the break. Read More »

2011 SXSW Film Panels Announced

South By Southwest have announced the 2011 SXSW Film Conference lineup, which includes two key conversations with Todd Phillips (director of The Hangover), Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), the cast and crew of Super (James Gunn, Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson) and filmmaker Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon). Additionally, the complete schedule for the event, including screening and panel dates and times are live at: http://schedule.sxsw.com. You can read the full press release after the jump.

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