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Charlotte Gainsbourg Reunites With Lars Von Trier For 'The Nymphomaniac'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
December 12, 2011 1:54 PM
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With that whole ugly (and blown out of proportion) Nazi comment controversy now behind him, Lars Von Trier can start focusing on his next film "The Nymphomaniac," and it looks like a regular player is coming back into the fold.

Variety reports that "Antichrist" and "Melancholia" star Charlotte Gainsbourg has taken the lead role in the picture. While the director has a usual roster of actors to pull from, on the actress side of things, a reputation for being difficult has made it more difficult to get female leads to make more than one film with him. Bjork swore off acting altogether after a contentious shoot for "Dancer In the Dark," while Nicole Kidman never bothered to return after "Dogville," in what was supposed to the be first part of a loose trilogy (Bryce Dallas Howard took over for "Manderlay," while "Wasington" remains unmade). But it will likely help Von Trier to have someone familiar with his methods for what could be his most button pushing movie yet.

While story details are slim (likely because the movie is still at script stage), "The Nymphomaniac" will track the erotic life of woman through the age of fifty. The picture will be divided into eight chapters, and filmed in two versions: hardcore and softcore. If Vivid Video ever wanted to get into the arthouse distribution game, now's the time.

Over the summer, both Stellan Skarsgård and Willem Dafoe (both of whom have worked with Gainsbourg before, in "Melancholia" and "Antichrist" respectively) said they were approached for roles, but no word yet if they're on board. We have to admit, we figured given the requirements of a hardcore sex shoot, Von Trier would have wound up casting an unknown, but it's brave move from Gainsbourg, who is already known for making ballsy choices.

Filming is slated to begin next summer or fall.

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  • F.P. | December 18, 2011 2:35 PMReply

    While your passion is clear, MWARD, your statements are more chilling than Von Trier's because yours are not intended to be funny (unless they are, then by all means, go ahead and say that). You yourself acknowledge that "he can't talk in public, especially when the media is present." He could decide to say each of George Carlin's 7 bad words, along with some choice additions, and what's it to you? If it makes you not want to see his films, fine, don't. If you choose to be offended by the words he uses, okay, be offended if you choose. But if you take away the context of how and why it was said, being that he made a (really stupid and unfunny) joke, then you too are guilty of over-reacting. The comment I was going to make when I read the exact "(and blown out of proportion)" editorial comment was going to be that it's about 6 months too late to say that and be relevant. I raised an eyebrow when I read it, precisely because coverage of that press conference during Cannes rarely if ever acknowledged the over-reaction. "anytime you talk about Hitler sympathetically in front of the press, representing every corner of the globe, you're asking for it!"? Remind me to never meet you and your idealogues in a dark alley! "the Jewish people or anyone else don't care to REALLY understand his methodology . And this is coming from someone(myself) who is not Jewish at all."? Who appointed you their spokesperson then? "It is a contradiction to want to be a Jew then say you understand Hitler." Do you understand the definition of the word 'contradiction' and how you're misusing it here? And most chillingly, "It's people like you and the author who confuse interesting with insanity and delusion. No one needs to hear the remarks that Von Trier said, keep those to your self."? Maybe you're not American, but in the U.S., the freedom to say whatever dipsiht nonsense you want, whether you mean it or not, is our right and limiting it because of personal offense is insufficient as an excuse. Rush Limbaugh is a drug-addict windbag arse puck who spews more methane-infused bull chips than Ferdinand, but I grant him the right to be one, just as you should let Lars Von Trier shoot himself in the face in front of the press whenever he damn well pleases, and if you don't wanna hear about him doing it, take my advice - tune it out and spare us the (over)reaction.

  • mward | December 21, 2011 4:45 AM

    Last time I checked the Jewish people don't need a spokesperson, but I'm afraid you do F.P.
    Why do people confuse the right to Freedom of Speech with, saying anything you want and NOT being criticized? {Maybe you're not American, but in the U.S., the freedom to say whatever dipsiht nonsense you want, whether you mean it or not, is our right and limiting it because of personal offense is insufficient as an excuse.} First of all, the comment Von Trier made was in France, so what are you talking about being American and having freedom of speech for? And if he said it in the U.S., that doesn't mean he would be anymore safe from ridicule or criticism whatsoever. And I will let Lars Von Trier, Rush Limbaugh and any other idiot to spew nonsense out in public, but as it is their right to freedom of speech, so it is my right to criticize, analyze and/or over-react to their bullshit!

  • mward2884 | December 16, 2011 6:11 PMReply

    In response to Wade's comment. It is a contradiction to want to be a Jew then say you understand Hitler. No Jew understands Hitler other than realizing he's a Psychopath who could of done something positive in the world and secondly, the Jewish people or anyone else don't care to REALLY understand his methodology . And this is coming from someone(myself) who is not Jewish at all. And as far as "people like me" who make it possible for anybody like Von Trier to say anything interesting your wrong! It's people like you and the author who confuse interesting with insanity and delusion. No one needs to hear the remarks that Von Trier said, keep those to your self. I don't care to how you understand Hitler, what does that have to do with your movie? Stay on track! This is why he banned himself from speaking in front of large groups of media. He can't even trust himself or his mouth.

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  • jingmei | December 12, 2011 8:40 PMReply

    This is just a piece of awesome news. Besides, Charlotte Gainsbourg is graceful, very very much. She's a kind of model of me, this person. Her brilliant performing arts is not related with some nonsense talking or "conclusions" which supposed not to be drawn from this blog.

  • LJNK | December 12, 2011 7:20 PMReply

    "it's brave move from Gainsbourg, who is already known for making ballsy choices."
    It is not brave to perform real sex in front of camera it is cheap and basically performing sex act for money and people who do sex for money are called who*es. Sensationalist garbage. Gainsbourg is disgracing herself.

  • hank | December 12, 2011 7:13 PMReply

    the third film was to be called WASINGTON, not WASHINGTON.

  • mward2884 | December 12, 2011 3:19 PMReply

    Did you say Von Trier's comment on Nazi's was (blown out of proportion). First he said that he really wanted to be a Jew, then he says says he thinks he understands Hitler and where he was coming from. Talk about a big contradiction! And anytime you talk about Hitler sympathetically in front of the press, representing every corner of the globe, you're asking for it! The man, whether you like his movies or not, has a signature vision as a filmmaker, but he can't talk in public, especially when the media is present. Unfortunately, his common sense isn't so common.

  • mward2884 | December 16, 2011 6:12 PM

    In response to Wade's comment. It is a contradiction to want to be a Jew then say you understand Hitler. No Jew understands Hitler other than realizing he's a Psychopath who could of done something positive in the world and secondly, the Jewish people or anyone else don't care to REALLY understand his methodology . And this is coming from someone(myself) who is not Jewish at all. And as far as "people like me" who make it possible for anybody like Von Trier to say anything interesting your wrong! It's people like you and the author who confuse interesting with insanity and delusion. No one needs to hear the remarks that Von Trier said, keep those to your self. I don't care to how you understand Hitler, what does that have to do with your movie? Stay on track! This is why he banned himself from speaking in front of large groups of media. He can't even trust himself or his mouth.

  • Wade | December 12, 2011 10:47 PM

    There's no contradiction there. Saying you "understand" someone is not the same as saying you sympathize with them or condone their actions. FBI agents who profile serial killers understand them. It's not as if they aspire to be like them. The guy was just talking off the cuff, trying to be irreverent. You (and every other knee jerk reactionary who blew this out of proportion just like the author of this article correctly said) are one of those people that makes it nearly impossible for anyone to say anything interesting.

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