The details of her character are not yet known, but it could be erotically charged, as the entire picture, which von Trier is producing as two feature length dramas, is planned as a steamy drama, reports Empire Online.
A Lars Von Trier movie will reportedly show explicit sex, irrational protagonists and awkward scenes that stretch out longer than something which is infinitely long.
“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,” the official synopsis reads.
“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 an multi faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.”
Von Trier – best known for such pictures as ‘Antichrist’ and ‘Melancholia’ along his controversial comments at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival about understanding Adolf Hitler – has assembled a large cast for the upcoming drama, which will actually wind up being two feature films by the time its finished.
Thus, Thurman joins Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard, Christian Slater and Jamie Bell. Charlotte Gainsbourg is the film’s star, and ‘Nymphomaniac’ focuses on her character’s sexual history, writes The Huff Post.
The yet unreleased movie has already raised talks this summer when some reports suggested that it could include real-life sex between its stars.
“When we call this a porno, it’s meant ironically but irony doesn’t work well in print,” Stellan Skarsgard told The Hollywood Reporter.”The film is sexually explicit but, believe me, it will be a very, very bad wanking movie.”
“[The movie] is what you think it is. It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he’s making,” LaBeouf said to MTV about the sex scenes.
“For instance, there’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening.”
The actor went on, revealing that he knows what he’s getting into with ‘Nymphomaniac.’ “[Von Trier] is very dangerous,” he said. “He’s the most dangerous dude that I’ve ever showed up for. I’m terrified. I’m so terrified, which is why I have to go. We’ll see what happens.”
He continued: “He’s a genius. He’s a visionary. We have maybe, what, 10 of those on the planet? I’ll do anything he tells me. I came here ready to do anything.”
However, von Trier’s new drama won’t be the first one to show actual sex onscreen. ‘Intimacy’ from director Patrice Chéreau famously went there in 2001, but LaBeouf told reporters ‘Nymphomaniac’ will be different, adding that he and the rest of the cast are prepared for anything.
“Whatever is asked. I think we all are. I’ve seen ‘Intimacy.’ [Von Trier is] talking about something different. … It’s going to be a wild movie,” the actor said.