Shia LaBeouf in Talks to Join Lars von Trier's Erotic 'Nymphomaniac'
Ohh isn't this going to be fun. Despite being persona non grata from Cannes, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier is hard at work on his next film, already controversial based on the name and concept. It's called Nymphomaniac and while it was originally supposed to star Kirsten Dunst, he later chose Charlotte Gainsbourg for the lead role. Now THR reports that Shia LaBeouf is currently in talks to join the film, which starts shooting in September. However, they're not exactly sure which role, since Stellan Skarsgard is set to play Gainsbourg's husband, recounting the life story of the erotic adventures of a nymphomaniac.
We already know von Trier is planning to split this Nymphomaniac epic sexual adventure into two films, shooting a "softer and more explicit version of each." French-English actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, who appeared explicitly in von Trier's Antichrist a few years ago, will play Joe, as the story is about her "hidden erotic desires" and spans her life story from a young age to age 50. Beyond Gainsbourg, the cast includes Stellan Skarsgard, and possibly Willem Dafoe and Nicole Kidman, and now Shia LaBeouf, too. LaBeouf, like Kidman, has been going the indie route recently, with low profile but good roles in John Hillcoat's Lawless, Robert Redford's The Company You Keep and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman coming up.
As a follow-up to his end-of-the-world drama Melancholia, it's very interesting to see von Trier's sure-to-be-controversial Nymphomaniac come together. Snagging names like Nicole Kidman and Shia LaBeouf will only help the film get more attention, therefore funding, and everything it needs to get made. We're already expecting to see this premiere at Cannes next year. I'm fine with LaBeouf mixing up his roles and going with crazy projects like this, but I'm more interested to see what Lars von Trier is putting Gainsbourg through.