Many people were disappointed that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises wasn’t the politically charged skewering of the one per cent that they expected it to be. But if the new trailer and poster for Zal Batmanglij‘s new film, The East, is anything to go by, those people may be finally getting their wish.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
In “The East,” Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) is a brilliant operative for an elite private intelligence firm whose top objective is to ruthlessly protect the interests of their A-list corporate clientele. She is assigned to go undercover to infiltrate an anarchist collective known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. Living amongst them in an effort to get closer to their members, Sarah finds herself unexpectedly torn between two worlds as she starts to fall in love with the group’s charismatic leader, finding her life and her priorities irrevocably changed.
The poster reveals nothing apart from a piece of graffiti that will undoubtedly be adorning many a wall in real life by the time the movie is released, but the trailer (which you can see below) looks very interesting: a PR video for a fictional company called Hawkstone is hijacked, V For Vendetta style, whilst Ellen Page explains The East’s plans for revenge against poisonous companies like theirs.
It seems like an interesting mix of action-packed espionage thriller and political satire, and if the people at Sundance are excited about it, then so are we.
The East will star Ellen Page, Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Julia Ormond and Patricia Clarkson, and is due for release in 2013.
The East Trailer