Diverse cast for von Trier's science fiction disaster film Melancholia
Lars von Trier's last film, Antichrist (Filmstalker review), had some amazing aspects to it and some embarrassingly bad moments too. However it's not done him anything but good in Hollywood as we hear the huge casting for his next film, Melancholia
Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Alexander Skarsgaard, Stellan Skarsgaard and Udo Kier are the ones making up the cast so far.
Kirsten Dunst is actually taking the role that Penélope Cruz was set to play before she decided to take up the much less challenging and much more Hollywood film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, a bit of a surprising choice if you ask me, but then let's bear in mind Cruz is one for mixing Hollywood with more independent and unusual roles together so it's not a big career decision really.
It is for Dunst though. She's had some smaller, more independent roles, but nothing as diverse as Cruz that's for sure, and she is heavily labelled with the Spider-Man role, something she really needs to break away from now.
Deadline Hollywood Daily brings the casting news, but the more interesting aspect is the story.
It seems a bizarre change of direction for Lars von Triers too, as it's a science fiction film which is set to tell the story of a planet called Melancholia which is moving closer and closer towards Earth.
Sounds an interesting idea by itself, after all what would the two worlds do? Try to destroy each other? Join up and try to find a solution? Leap onto the one planet that's going to survive the close call? Or just an examination of the effects of the two planets coming close to each other?
Ideally it could be a film about the two worlds and how they begin to interact as they realise that they are heading towards each other and stays away from the big end of the world action set pieces for the main part.
I believe we won't see that action part, well not as a main thread, in a von Triers film. The question is what will we see?