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Lars von Trier will cap off his impressive ensemble for the disaster film Melancholia with John Hurt. According to THR, Hurt as well as his new co-stars Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Udo Kier, Stellan and Alexander Skarsgard will get to work on the $7.5 million project on July 19th in Trollhattan, Sweden.

Plot details are still sparse, only revealing that the film falls into the psychological disaster category and, as said by von Trier, something about “No more happy endings!” Peter A. Jensen of von Trier’s production company, Zentropa, also tossed in another little detail we’ve known for some time, that the story involves a "large object from outer space approaching Earth" and its affects on the inhabitants. Jensen also added something on the lighter side, describing Melancholia as a “beautiful film about the end of the world.”

Between the top-notch cast and von Trier’s knack for scandal as proven by Antichrist, you should be curious to see how Melancholia turns out. Its minimal $7.5 million budget should also provide us with a nice break from a 2012-style apocalypse. However, the one metnal connection I quite shake is between Melancholia and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening. Let’s hope this “large object” doesn’t have the same effect on its victims as Shyamalan’s diabolical plant life.

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