Lars von Trier Veterans Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier Complete ‘Nymphomaniac’ Cast
Willem Dafoe is reteaming with Lars Von Trier for Nymphomaniac, marking the third film the Oscar-nominated actor has made with the controversial Danish director.
Dafoe co-stared with Charlotte Gainsbourg in von Trier’s Antichrist (2009) and was part of the acting ensemble in the director’s Manderlay (2005).
Dafoe, currently in Hamburg shooting Anton Corbijn’s John Le Carre drama A Most Wanted Man, will shift to Cologne to play a supporting role in Nymphomaniac, von Trier’s two-part erotic epic.
Another von Trier veteran, German actor Udo Kier, has also joined Nymphomaniac’s all-star cast. Kier has appeared in most of Lars von Trier’s films, including Medea (1988), Breaking the Waves (1996) and Melancholia (2011).
Also among the Nymphomaniac cast, but not previously announced, are French actor Jean-Marc Barr (Dogville, Breaking The Waves), Britain’s Caroline Goodall (Schindler’s List) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead), Saskia Reeves (Butterfly Kiss) and Danish actor Omar Shargawi (R).
Gainsbourg stars in Nymphomaniac as Jo, the film’s lead, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who tells her story to an older bachelor, played by Stellan Skarsgard. Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Connie Nielsen also feature in the ensemble drama, which is being shot as two feature length films.
Nymphomaniac, which will feature explicit sex scenes, will be released in both hard- and soft-core versions.
Nicole Kidman, who had long been rumored as a possible addition to the Nymphomaniac cast, will not be part of the movie. The Oscar-winner, who played the leading role in von Trier’s Dogville, is currently shooting Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco, in which she plays Grace Kelly.