It looks like Ellen will team up with Fox Searchlight Pictures for the third time. According to Variety, she is in final negotiations to star opposite rising indie actress Brit Marling (»Another Earth«) and Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård (»True Blood«) in the eco-terrorism thriller »The East«. Zal Batmanglij (»Sound of My Voice«) is directing from a screenplay he penned with Marling while Michael Costigan, Jocelyn Hayes Simpson as well as Marling are producing it.
The story centers on a private contracting firm tasked with protecting big corporations from anti-business extremists and radical environmentalists. It assigns its best and brightest agent (Marling) to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist organization known only as »The East«, which is led by Skarsgård's character. Ellen will play Izzy, a member of the group who used to be Skarsgård's former lover and becomes jealous of relationship between him and the new “recruit.”
Although I'm always happy when Ellen gets involved in a new interesting and challenging movie project, it should be mentioned, in all fairness, that she wasn’t the first choice. British actress Felicity Jones (»Cemetery Junction«) was originally going to take the role, but press commitments for the film »Like Crazy« forced her to drop out. On the other hand, Ellen's involvement could turn out to be very important since a few websites reported Fox Searchlight will only make it if they "land a huge star to anchor it." On a side note, if Ellen eventually gets the role, it will reunite her with two producers she's already worked with on »An American Crime« and »Smart People«.
Earlier reports indicated the project will begin production in early November, with shooting to take place in Shreveport, Louisiana. With that in mind, I could definitely see this premiering at the next TIFF or Sundance. Anyway, stay tuned for more information!
Update - 10/01/2011
On August 17, Ellen expressed the desire to be on »Ronna & Beverly« (a raucous live chat show hosted by America’s favourite fifty-something Jewish mothers played by thirty-somethings Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo) via Twitter. This finally came true at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre in Los Angeles yesterday, when she made a guest appearance on the show alongside American actor Alan Tudyk (»Firefly«, »Tucker and Dale vs Evil«).
The good news is that the event was live broadcasted on the internet by Yowie.com. EPO won't be EPO if the German guy, who runs it and works his ass off every day of the week, didn't get up in the middle of the night to make a recording for all those who missed it, couldn't watch it or would like to see it again.
Besides responding to some rather rhetorical questions like "Where do you come from?" or "Can you explain Inception to me?", Ellen briefly talked about the recent film shooting for Woody Allen's »The Bop Decameron« in Rome, Italy as well as the above mentioned new project »The East«. Check out the exclusive video after the jump to find out what else she had to say and if she was able to keep pace with the two terrific babblers! Finally, a special thanks to my Canadian friend Jim for being my backup!
» [Exclusive] Ronna & Beverly - 30th September 2011 «
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