Lars von Trier is about as far from Michael Bay as you can get.
Shia LaBeouf continues to shun his past as a Hollywood blockbuster headliner as he's in talks to join the cast of Lars von Trier's latest bit of instant cinematic controversy, "The Nymphomaniac," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"The Nymphomaniac" follows the sexual history of a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg, back for von Trier thirds) from her youth through age 50, as recounted by her husband (Stellan Skarsgard, another von Trier veteran). Von Trier will be splitting the film into two parts and will shoot two versions of each, with one containing more explicit content than the other.
The details of the role being offered to LaBeouf are unknown, though we guess he'd probably be playing a former lover of Gainsbourg's. He should have no problem with the film's hot n' heavy scenes, as he recently went Full Monty for a Sigur Ros music video.
Shia LaBeouf is trying his damnedest to be considered a "serious actor" as he's been taking roles in smaller-scale and realistic dramas rather than in big studio productions. He's been keeping it indie with films such as "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" and Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" and will next be seen opposite Tom Hardy in John Hillcoat's Prohibition-era crime drama, "Lawless."
"The Nymphomaniac" marks Lars von Trier's first project since his rather moving meditation on the apocalypse, "Melancholia." The film(s) will commence with production this fall.