Charlotte Gainsbourg to Star in Lars von Trier's 'The Nymphomaniac'
At first everyone got excited thinking it was going to be the other star of Melancholia, Kirsten Dunst, who was going to star in this tantalizingly-titled film. But now according to Variety, Charlotte Gainsbourg is "in talks" to star in Lars von Trier's new film, The Nymphomaniac, an "explicit exploration of a woman's erotic life." If you thought her "explicit exploration" in Antichrist was enough already (that was her, too), then just wait until you hear what he's cooking up with this. The actor and filmmaker worked together on Antichrist and Melancholia, and will continue that partnership, with shooting slated for next summer/fall.
When Gainsbourg starred in Antichrist for Lars von Trier, she won numerous awards including Best Actress at Cannes that year, though considering he's now persona non grata that won't be happening again. Repped by TrustNordisk and produced by Zentropa, The Nymphomaniac already has enough pre-sales in countries like the UK, Poland, Russia and most of Europe, that it'll get made without much of a hassle, and von Trier can continue making the kind of films he wants with the actresses he likes. Though this one is a bit different.
Nymphomaniac is an ambitious project for von Trier as he has said it will "show the sexual evolution of a woman from birth to age 50." The film will be divided into eight chapters and be released in two different versions - a softcore cut for mainstream distribution, and a hardcore one. "As a cultural radical I can’t make a film about the sexual evolution of a woman from zero to 50 without showing penetration. I know it’s something very European," von Trier told EW. "It principally is a film with a lot of sex in it and also a lot of philosophy." And here we thought Shame was pushing it with an NC-17. Considering we know Gainsbourg isn't afraid to bare all in a sexual way, e.g. Antichrist, and actually act at the same time, she's a good fit here.