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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.

Transformers star Shia LaBaoeuf reportedly is angling for a role in Von Trier’s two-part erotic drama Nymphomaniac, which he’ll begin filming in September, The Hollywood Reporter says. It’s unclear what LaBeouf’s role would be, but with Von Trier planning two features he’s going to need multiple actors to occupy several roles. So far, Von Trier has Gainsbourg playing a sexually active 50-year-old who recalls her past exploits to her husband (Skarsgard). And we already reported that Nicole Kidman is circling a small role for her Dogville director. LaBeouf could possibly play a past lover in a flashback, if that’s the route that Von Trier is looking to take.

Casting LaBeouf might not be as offbeat as one would assume. Though he sold his soul for three Michael Bay movies, LaBeouf has been flexing his acting muscles in legitimate indie dramas alongside solid co-stars as of late. He’ll appear in Lawless in a few weeks alongside the likes of Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain; he’s acting in Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, which will be at the Toronto International Film Festival; and he recently wrapped production on The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Maybe a controversial Von Trier production is the next natural step in the evolution of LaBeouf. What do you think?

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