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Steven Soderbergh, Robert Redford, and Tom Cruise Are All Trying to Cast Brit Marling

Everybody wants Brit Marling, but so far, no one’s got her. The ingenue crashed onto the Hollywood scene by starring in and writing the Sundance darling Another Earth, and now we hear she's being offered many coveted roles. Marling just passed, for example, on Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh’s film about Channing Tatum’s early years as a male stripper. Even though the part only called for two weeks' worth of work, we’re told Marling passed because it would conflict with a still-tentative October 11 start to The East, a thriller about an FBI agent who infiltrates an ecoterrorist group that Marling co-wrote with Zal Batmanglij, who’d recently directed her in Sound of My Voice. Our spies say Fox Searchlight intends to make it, but only provided the studio can land a huge star to anchor it.

Two other rapidly coalescing pictures with enormous names are inquiring after Marling, too: We hear that Robert Redford has asked about her availability for The Company You Keep, an adaptation of Neil Gordon’s eponymous novel about a former Weather Underground militant (Redford) turned fugitive after being unmasked by an enterprising newspaper reporter (Shia LaBeouf). That picture starts shooting September 14.

Two other rapidly coalescing pictures with enormous names are inquiring after Marling, too: We hear that Robert Redford has asked about her availability for The Company You Keep, an adaptation of Neil Gordon’s eponymous novel about a former Weather Underground militant (Redford) turned fugitive after being unmasked by an enterprising newspaper reporter (Shia LaBeouf). That picture starts shooting September 14.

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