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"What if it's nasty?" "Then you just think of the bag of chocolate sweeties." This is the key section of a bit of conversation had between young Joe (Stacy Martin) and her friend B (Sophie Kennedy Clark) as they try to make their train trip memorable in Lars von Trier's latest Nymphomaniac.
The headings above give us little clue about what von Trier has in store, and I can't help but think that's precisely the point. But we'll get some clues soon. As the film's release draws closer, Zentropa Entertainment will be unveiling teasers for each chapter that will feature a still from the film as well as a short narrative description of the chapter's plot.
In von Trier's Anti-Christ the real-sex shown was performed by body doubles, which suggested a similar method might be employed here to save the reputations of the film's stars. But at Cannes producer Louise Vesth has unveiled von Trier's plan for Nymphomaniac's sex scenes, and they are far stranger than we expected.
Nymphomaniac is the latest collaboration between the polarizing writer-director and his recurring leading lady Charlotte Gainsbourg. Here she stars as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life and sexual exploits from the past fifty years to the man who rescued her from a savage beating in the street.
Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac is likely going to be a hard sell to conservative areas and theater chains in America. Sure, the movie has a star studded cast that includes Shia LaBouf, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellen Skarsgard and Uma Thurman, but it's reportedly incredibly graphic in its depiction of sex to the point where you can probably expect a little bit of controversy.
Charlotte Gainsbourg stars as Joe, the titular self-proclaimed nymphomaniac. After she's been attacked and found beaten in an alley by Stellan Skarsgård's character, Joe recounts her lifetime of erotic experimentation and sexual exploration. The first image released gave us a look at Gainsbourg in the aforementioned alley. The second teases something far more salacious.
The picture plans to follow a female sex addict from birth to age 50, with Gainsbourg playing the character at different stages of her life. Regular Von Trier collaborators like Stellan Skarsgard and Willem Dafoe are expected to join the film, which the director says will be cut into different versions and may feature unsimulated sex.
Buried near the bottom of a report in The Hollywood Reporter on the various actors joining Von Trier’s latest is the news nugget that Kidman “will not be a part of this movie,” perhaps because she’s too tied up playing Grace Kelly in Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco.
Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac already has a stellar cast lined up that includes Shia LaBeouf, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Jamie Bell and Connie Nielsen, but today he's added another big name to the roster. Christian Slater has signed on for a part in the project, which is currently shooting in Cologne, Germany.
Von Trier's next venture, a reportedly hard-core pornographic drama called Nymphomaniac has already collected a cast that includes recurring collaborators Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard, as well as von Trier newbie Shia LaBeouf. Now Jamie Bell, best remembered as the titular dancer in Billy Elliot, has signed on along with Danish actress Connie Nielsen from the Starz series Boss.
Earlier this month, we reported that former Disney kid Shia LaBeouf was seeking a role in controversial filmmaker Lars Von Trier's erotic drama Nymphomaniac. Now LaBeouf is not only signed on, but also willing to do whatever the filmmaker asks, probably meaning nudity, possibly meaning real sex.
Lars Von Trier has a history of abnormal casting. Sure, the director has his “regulars,” and Von Trier fans can expect to see the likes of Stellen Skarsgard, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe in his next film, Nymphomaniac, but the director's next bit of stunt casting might actually rival Bjork in Dancer in the Dark or Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia.
Kidman had the opportunity to reteam with Von Trier on his Dogville sequel, Manderlay, but she passed … allowing Bryce Dallas Howard to step into the role. Whatever beef existed between the leading lady and her director must have faded, though, if she’s willing to challenge herself for Nymphomaniac.
Skarsgard, who appears alongside Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg in the Cannes hit Melancholia, tells E! News that Von Trier has asked him to play the lead in a film that would explore a woman’s sexual drive from birth to age 50. Speaking from Berlin, Von Trier says he has been interviewing all of the women he knew as a younger man, and is finding them to be very vocal about their needs and desires
Director Lars von Trier has never been afraid to speak his mind, whether it be in the press or through his films. The Danish director welcomes controversy at every corner and it would seem that he thrives under this sort of pressure since he’s already inviting it almost a year before he even starts filming his next piece