Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling team up for the second time in the espionage thriller “The East,” which stars Marling, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Skarsgard. The pair previously collaborated on the screenplay for Batmanglij’s debut film “Sound of My Voice,” in which Marling also starred as a bewitching cult leader. Fox Searchlight picked up that film (along with Marling’s “Another Earth”) and also backed “The East.”
This time around, Marling plays an elite intelligence operative who goes undercover to blow the whistle on a group of anarchists. But like the undercover journalist in “Sound of My Voice,” her character becomes increasingly entwined in a world whose dogma contradicts her own.