The Hot, Socially Conscious Villains of 'The East'

5.21.2013

By Out.com Editors

Alexander Skarsgard strips for your thrills

Photography: Myles Aronowitz

Given TV’s recent wave of sexy undercover-agent dramas (see Homeland, The Americans), the timing of new espionage thriller The East couldn’t be better. The film, from queer writer-director Zal Batmanglij, follows Sarah (played by Brit Marling, who also co-wrote the script), a gifted operative for a private intelligence firm, as she infiltrates an anarchist group targeting major corporate polluters.

The twist: These shaggy, off-the-grid eco-terrorists actually start to grow on her. Alexander SkarsgÄrd is Benji, their prophet-like leader (and yes, he gets naked).

The East is out May 31 

Watch the trailer below:

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