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.