Lars Von Triers latest controversial film continues to offer up surprise after surprise with its casting. First there was Nicole Kidman, Shia LaBeouf, then Christian Slater, and now Uma Thurman can be added to the list of names never expected to be seen in a Von Trier film.
While nothing is known of Thurman’s role as yet, she is a welcome addition to the cast which already includes Shia LaBeouf, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Connie Nelson, Jamie Bell, Udo Kier and Christian Slater. Von Trier regular Charlotte Gainsbourg will be playing the lead character of ‘nymphomaniac’ Joe as an adult, while model Stacy Martin will play the younger role of the character.
The film will be told over eight chapters by self-confessed nymphomaniac Joe. Production began last month, and the film is now in the middle of an 11 week shooting schedule. The film will be spread across two parts, and a “hardcore” version, and a softer more audience friendly version will be made available. Von Trier is hoping to have the film ready for Cannes next year, but it is doubtful they will let him back after his Hitler comments last year.
“NYMPHOMANIAC is the light and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe.
On a cold winter’s evening Seligman, an old bachelor, finds Joe semi-unconscious and beaten up in an alleyway. After bringing her to his flat he sees to her wounds while trying to understand how things could have gone so wrong for her. He listens intently as she over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-?out and multi faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents
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