The last time Willem Dafoe worked with Lars von Trier, things didn’t turn out too well for his… private area. Disregarding my cold feelings toward Antichrist as a film, it’s one of the bravest performances the actor has ever given, and he’s a man with a career full of amazing turns. The two of them make a great pairing — don’t forget Manderlay! — and I would love to see them keep working together.
Which makes it nice to hear that he might have a part in von Trier‘s upcoming The Nymphomaniac. We heard yesterday that Stellan Skarsgård was approached for what the director himself described as the lead, and Dafoe recently told C7enema (via ThePlaylist) that he’s been contacted by von Trier about joining. He doesn’t know if he’ll actually sign on yet — the actor is trying to decide, and he “will only make a decision” when the press for Abel Ferrara‘s 4:44 Last Day on Earth is done. I think it goes without saying that it would be nice if he decides to join.
Following “the erotic life of a woman from the age of zero to the age of 50,” von Trier will direct two versions of the film — one hardcore and the other softcore — but the dialogue will seemingly be the driving force. That doesn’t bother me in the least, since he’s quite the screenwriter. If he can just cut back on the genital mutilation, then we’ll be good.
In other casting news, ShowBlitz tells us that Chris Tucker is currently in talks to join David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, while he’s already signed on for Neighborhood Watch. The former of those is a drama that’s set to star Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro, and it would have Tucker appearing as “Cooper’s spirited friend who lives in a mental hospital but often escapes” so he can see the main character.
Watch, meanwhile, has him playing a divorcee who joins the titular group who try to stop an alien invasion. Directed by Akiva Schaffer, it’s written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, with Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Rosemarie DeWitt starring.
Tucker, to my surprise, has only starred in three films from 1998 on, all of them Rush Hour films; the last of those came out in 2007, too. And while some may consider him to be an annoying screen presence, I — for reasons that kind of elude me — think that he can be pretty funny. Both seem to require comedy, so him being in either film doesn’t affect my anticipation for them. Granted, he isn’t making me extra-excited, but I won’t complain when he shows up.
Are you looking forward to either film? What do you think of these actors joining them?