Jamie Bell joins von Trier’s Nymphomaniac

Jamie Bell and Connie Nielsen are reported to have joined the cast of the controversial film, Nymphomaniac, directed by the ever-provocative Lars von Trier.

If you’re struggling to shake that image of being a 12-year-old male ballet dancer, then the best thing to do is to simply stick on some sideys and appear in a film adaptation of a Charlotte Brontë novel. And if that doesn’t work, team up with controversial director Lars von Trier for a film titled Nymphomaniac – that should do it…

Jamie Bell – still of Billy Elliot fame – is the somewhat surprising addition to the current cast list for von Trier‘s latest project, along with Danish actress Connie Nielsen. Nielsen last appeared on screen alongside Eva Green and Ewan McGregor in Perfect Sense and, at 47-years-old, appears to be at least partially defying her director’s reported claims that he, “most definitely intend[s] for the women in [his] films to get younger and younger and nuder and nuder”.

Bell and Nielsen will join frequent von Trier collaborators Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard for the project, as well as Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf, who recently caused quite a stir after claiming that the explicit sex scenes which are expected to feature in the film would be real. Despite LaBeouf telling MTV news that, “There’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real,” producers have since stated that body doubles and visual effect would, in fact, be used.

Whilst relatively little is currently known about the film, it is reported that Gainsbourg will take on the role of the nymphomaniac in question. When a charming man (played by Skarsgard) finds her beaten up in an alley, he takes her home and she recounts the history of her erotic life to him, from birth to the age of 50.

A number of other Danish actors are also signed on to appear in the film, including Nicolas Bro (War Horse), Jesper Christensen (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) and Jens Albinus (previous von Trier film with unsimulated sex, The Idiots). Whilst there’s still a chance that Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe could bring a touch of Hollywood to proceedings, their involvement is yet to be confirmed.

Nymphomaniac is set to be released in two parts, with soft-core and hard-core versions of each instalment expected to be released in 2013. We’ll keep you posted!

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