When you're doing a movie with explicit sex scenes, it's always nice to surround yourself with familiar faces.
Thus, Lars Von Trier has cast Willem Dafoe and Udo Kier in Nymphomaniac, his forthcoming two-part sex epic. Both are experienced players in previous Von Trier projects. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they are joining newly-announced Jean-Marc Barr (another Von Trier veteran, from Dogville and Breaking the Waves), Caroline Goodall, Kate Ashfield, Saskia Reeves, and Omar Shargawi.
Charlotte Gainsbourg plays the titular character, who tells her story to Stellan Skarsgard. Previously-announced cast members include Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, and Connie Nielsen. Reportedly, Nicole Kidman will not be in the movie.
Still left to be revealed is who will be sexing who. Both hardcore and softcore versions are being shot, so feel free to root for your favorite Von Trier cast member to get down 'n' dirty. As a reminder, here's the official synopsis:
Nymphomaniac is the wild 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. On a cold winter's evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman, finds Joe beaten up in an alleyway. He brings her home to his flat where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-out and multi faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.