Shia LaBeouf in Talks to Join Lars von Trier's Erotic 'Nymphomaniac'

August 9, 2012
Source: THR

Shia LaBeouf

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.

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LaBeouf fits the nordic scheme spectacularly as proven by this Sigur Ros video:

L Haiman on Aug 9, 2012


I don't like that he's trying to be controversial, but I'm totally excited to see a new Lars von Trier film! Didn't know (or remember) Stellan Skarsgard was in this too. I LOVE the guy 🙂 Shia we'll see.. I think people are way too hard on him, while they've only seen him in Transformers.

Davide Coppola on Aug 9, 2012


I doubt that he's trying to be controversial. Unless by "he" you mean Trier. In which case my response is, "that's just how he rolls, dog"

Chris on Aug 9, 2012


I meant him and yes, that's exactly what he does and the only thing I don't like about him. It makes sense from a marketing stand point and if it helps him get funding for his projects I can certainly forgive it 😉

Davide Coppola on Aug 10, 2012


two words: Fjogur Piano - a superb 8 minute video for Sigur Ros in which Shia proves he's not only talented, but a perfect fit for the sublime nordic scene

L Haiman on Aug 9, 2012


you r right , sigur ros video just proved shia's talented , he's really amazing 🙂

lola on Aug 9, 2012


Yea, it's a crazy video. Here's the link to watch if you haven't seen it: Seems to me this kind of edgy, creative, weird stuff is the direction he's taking recently.

Alex Billington on Aug 9, 2012


Shia LaBeouf is a great actor.

qwqwrq on Aug 9, 2012


if i could throw cupcakes across the internet you would have some

Anon on Aug 9, 2012


Nymphomaniac and LaBeouf should never be in the same sentence.

Tati is not a twit on Aug 9, 2012

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