Good morning from Hollywood. Here's what happened last night while you were dreaming of this weekend's new releases. Alexander Skarsgard will briefly trade in his vampire terrorism for eco-terrorism in Brit Marling's thriller 'The East.' Old exorcists don't die, they segue into sequels: Hot young screenwriter Damien Chazelle (he's 25) will write the screenplay for a second 'The Last Exorcism.' The Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle story will finally be made into a movie, for HBO, with Eric Stonestreet starring. And much more ... Read on.

Alexander Skarsgard has another weighty role he can sink his teeth into: The star of TV's 'True Blood' is in talks to join Brit Marling in 'The East,' about a female agent who infiltrates an eco-terrorist group. Skarsgard would play the leader of the group who seeks revenge against unethical corporations. Marling, who has garnered glowing reviews for her 'Another Earth' (which she wrote and stars in) co-wrote the film with Zat Batmanglij, who is directing. Skarsgard plays villains in his next two outings: in Rod Lurie's 'Straw Dogs' remake, which opens Sept. 16, and Lars von Trier's 'Melancholia.' Shooting is scheduled to begin in October and November in Nashville. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Last summer's 'The Last Exorcism' apparently won't be the last after all. Though not a gigantic hit, the low-budget film made enough money to cause the producers to move ahead with a sequel -- with the financial blessings of Studio Canal (who was also behind the first film). Damien Chazelle, a rising Hollywood screenwriter (his 'Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench,' which he also directed, premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, he wrote 'The Claim,' which was picked up last October, and just sold a thriller screenplay, 'Grand Piano') has been taped to write the screenplay. The original 'Last Exorcism' was a found footage story about a troubled evangelical minister who agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew; no word on the plot for the sequel. [THR]
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