Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road, American Honey) and Danish star Sofie Grabol (The Killing) have joined the cast of The House That Jack Built, the upcoming drama from controversial Danish director Lars von Trier (Nymphomaniac).
Keough and Grabol will play two of the women who cross paths with Jack, the film’s titular serial killer, played by Matt Dillon.
The film is told from Jack’s point of view. He is a highly intelligent killer who has spent a decade perfecting the art of the perfect murder. But as the police begin to close in, he starts taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. Originally planned as a TV series, The House That Jack Built is set in the 1970s, before DNA evidence was used in murder cases.
Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (Downfall) will play Verge, a mysterious man who engages Jack in a recurring conversation about his actions and thoughts.
Shooting on The House That Jack Built will begin in Sweden in March and move to Copenhagen in May. The film will mark the first time von Trier shoots in his native Denmark since Dancer in the Dark in 2000. The Copenhagen Film Fund is backing House That Jack Built with €1.08 million ($1.15 million) in production subsidies.
“Copenhagen Film Fund is incredibly proud that Lars von Trier will be shooting parts of his upcoming feature in Copenhagen, Denmark, after shooting abroad for years,” said Copenhagen Film Fund CEO Thomas Gammeltoft. “Besides that, it is always exciting to see that Lars is able to attract high-profile actors from all around the world, who all see it as an opportunity to grow and a privilege to work closely with him. We will do our best to make sure they have an amazing stay in Copenhagen, and we are most proud to be able to contribute to the making of this major international feature.”
TrustNordisk, which is handling international sales on House That Jack Built, has pre-sold the film to multiple territories, including to Curzon Artificial Eye for the U.K. and Ireland, Tele Munchen for Germany and Austria, Films Du Losanges for France and Russian World Vision for Russia/CIS. Nordisk Film will handle distribution across the Nordic territories.
Louise Vesth is producing House That Jack Built for Zentropa Group in co-production with Film i Vast, Copenhagen Film Fund and Slot Machine.
Keough will next appear alongside Andrew Garfield in David Robert Mitchell’s modern noir Under the Silver Lake and as part of the all-star cast of Steven Soderbergh’s NASCAR heist comedy Logan Lucky. Grabol returns for the second season of Sky TV crime drama Fortitude, which co-stars Dennis Quaid and Richard Dormer.