I predicted a few weeks ago that The East would quickly become, as I said, “one of ‘those’ projects” that people like myself get sick of before a single shot has been completed, all because of a saturation in casting news. That didn’t exactly happen, though; we’re hearing of the first since that initial prediction, which only goes further to prove that I’m a dolt.

Variety and THR say that Red Riding Hood‘s Shiloh Fernandez and Leverage‘s Aldis Hodge, respectively, have jumped on board Zal Batmanglij‘s sophomore effort. They’ll be alongside an ensemble that currently includes co-writer Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson.

Just so this story doesn’t sound too obscure, you should be aware that the film follows a private contracting firm-hired agent (Marling) undercover with a group of eco-terrorists called The East (led by Skarsgård). Knowing this, it makes more sense when I tell you that Fernandez will play “the free-spirited and sexually adventurous member of Skarsgard’s eco-terrorism group,” and Hodge has the role of “an ex-military member of the townspeople who is affiliated with the group.” Context is fun!

Neither thespian are ones I know all too well, but I can safely say that the rest of the cast is terrific, and Batmanglij is said to have shown a great deal of promise with his debut from this year, Sound of My Voice — that film also starred and was co-written by Marling. With that hype and this potential, The East looks like a good one. It’s either shooting right now or about to start, and a release of late 2012 is expected.

Variety has additional news on the casting front — they report that John Ortiz has joined David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Julia Stiles, the adaptation of Matthew Quick‘s novel centers on a “former high school teacher who is institutionalized for depression and is released from a health facility determined to find the silver linings in his life.” Throw in a relationship with a troubled neighbor (Lawrence), and it might be a hard thing to achieve.

Ortiz — an actor best known for antagonistic roles in Fast & Furious, Miami Vice, and Public Enemies — will play “Cooper’s childhood best friend, who still lives near his parents’ home.” That doesn’t come across as a huge role, but I haven’t read the source material — so I’m actually not one to make a judgement on that. Anyway, production is set to commence soon; the film should also hit in late 2012.

Are you looking forward to either film? What does the casting do for you?

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