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Shia LaBeouf in talks for Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

Pamela McClintock
The Hollywood Reporter

Shia LaBeouf has set his sights on Danish director Lars von Trier's ambitious erotic drama "Nymphomaniac," which is set to begin production in September. The "Transformers" star is in talks to join a cast led by Charlotte Gainsbourg.

"Nymphomaniac" is the latest indie film to be embraced by the young actor. He's set to hit theaters over Labor Day in John Hillcoat's "Lawless" and stars in "The Company You Keep," directed by and starring Robert Redford, which will premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival before making its way to the Toronto International Film Festival.

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LaBeouf's third indie film in the pipeline is "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," which recently wrapped production. And he has shown a willingness to appear in erotic material recently, co-starring in an artsy Sigur Ros video.

"Nymphomaniac" follows the erotic adventures of a woman (Gainsbourg) from her youth to age 50, as recounted to her husband (Stellan Skarsgard). It's not clear how big LaBeouf's role would be.

Von Trier is splitting the English-language project into two films and will shoot a softer and more explicit version of each. No domestic distributor is aboard, but rights have been sold off in numerous foreign markets.

German funding body the NRW Filmstifftung is backing "Nymphomaniac" with $1.6 million in production subsidies. The film will be shot entirely in the German state of North-Rhein Westphalia, where von Trier shot "Antichrist."

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"Nymphomaniac" is von Trier's his first movie since "Melancholia," which made headlines around the world when the avant-garde filmmaker joked about being a Nazi while promoting the film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. He quickly apologized but was banned from the festival.

Nicole Kidman, who starred in von Trier's 2003 drama "Dogville," suggested in a recent interview that she will play a small role in "Nymphomaniac."

LaBeouf is represented by CAA, attorney Matt Saver and John Crosby Management.

Aug 9, 2012 11:49AM

what is with these people looking for love comments?

Aug 9, 2012 10:45AM

shameful shameful shameful. where are the godly films. no wonder society has gone to hell in a hand basket!

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