As part of Lars von Trier's slow reveal for his upcoming epic Nymphomaniac, production company Zentropa unveiled the first cast photo for the film as well as its release date: December 25. The image, which went up online early Thursday morning, is a porn-inspired tableau featuring the all-star cast in various compromising positions.
The shot features a shirtless Shia LaBeouf lying on the ground with a very suggestive fruit arrangement nearby. "He's a genius. He's a visionary. We have maybe, what, 10 of those on the planet?" LaBeouf said of von Trier. "I'll do anything he tells me. I came here ready to do anything." Stacy Martin sits on top of him in the photo.
Lars von Trier
In the background stands director von Trier with a digital camera and a gag of duct tape across his mouth -- a cheeky reference to his controversial Nazi comments in Cannes two years ago that provoked the festival to brand the Danish auteur a persona non grata. Jamie Bell stands by with toilet paper.
In the center of the picture stands Uma Thurman in a domina pose with her leg astride a table underneath which Udo Kier lies, looking up with apparent fear and awe.
The shot also stars Willem Defoe with a compromising trouser stain. Sophie Kennedy Clark wipes up his spill.
Stellan Skarsgard (R) a von Trier veteran, has said of the film: "When we call this a porno, it's meant ironically, but irony doesn't work well in print. The film is sexually explicit -- but, believe me, it will be a very, very bad wanking movie." Mia Goth poses on the couch above him.
Charlotte Gainsbourg sits on a chair with legs akimbo as an intense Christian Slater kneels before her.
Danish actor Nicolas Bro holds two cherry-topped ice creams while checking out the goods of Danish actress Connie Nielsen.
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