After breaking out in spectacular fashion at Sundance, writing, producing, and starring in not one but two festival favorites – Mike Cahill’s Another Earth and Zal Batmanglij’s Sound of My Voice – Brit Marling has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood. Vulture reports that Marling is being pursued to star in two high-profile projects, both with some pretty impressive names attached: The Company You Keep, starring Robert Redford and Shia Labeouf, and One Shot, starring Tom Cruise. The former is a political drama about a Weather Underground activist and the young reporter who exposed him, the latter an adaptation of a “Jack Reacher” thriller by Lee Childs.
Marling’s participation in either project appears partly contingent on whether The East, a thriller she co-wrote with Batmanglij, is able to attract a “big name” actor before its self-appointed October 11 start date. The film is currently in development under the Fox Searchlight banner, but the studio won’t move forward without a proper headliner. Both The Company You Keep and One Shot are scheduled to start shooting in September, and so Marling is faced with a choice. Not exactly Sophie's Choice, but a choice nonetheless.