Lars von Trier Is Trying to Turn Shia LaBeouf Into a ‘Nymphomaniac’

When it’s announced that experimental filmmaker Lars von Trier has a new project in the works, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’re going to be in for something weird. When it’s announced that he’s making a movie called Nymphomaniac, then you have to consider the possibility that he might be going places that you’re not prepared to follow. What we know about the film so far is that it details the erotic experiences of a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) from her youth up to age 50, and the narrative framework of the film is a recounting of the events given to her husband (Stellan Skarsgard) from her perspective.

Other than the confirmation of Gainsbourg and Skarsgård, not much is yet known about the cast that von Trier is looking to put together. And seeing as this film is set to be an anthology tale, one would imagine that the director is going to have to find a handful of actors to get the job done. Who could he possibly have his eye on for a movie about sexual experimentation? The involvement of Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe has been rumored from the start, but never confirmed. But what has been confirmed (via THR) is that the director is currently negotiating with Transformers vet Shia LaBeouf to take a role.

There’s no word on what character La Beouf is being looked at for, but seeing as von Trier has already intimated that he intends on filming hardcore penetration scenes for the film, there’s a chance that we might soon be seeing a lot more of the young actor than we ever imagined.

Let’s take a quick poll: does the possibility of seeing La Beouf in a sexually compromising position titillate you or horrify you? Personally, I’m going to be covering my eyes. He was the kid from Even Stevens, for the love of Mike.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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