Lars Von Trier, a favorite amongst the Criterion Collection (Europa, Element of Crime, and Antichrist?) and serving up controversy with every film he creates, is working on his secretive disaster film Melancholia. If that wasn’t enough, there’s news now that Kirsten Dunst, fresh off of the Spider-Man trilogy, will be joining the already stacked cast for Von Trier’s descent into ‘planet crashing into Earth’ films that usually is Roland Emmerich’s cup of tea.
Dunst joins Charlotte Gainsbourg (who was amazing in Von Trier’s Antichrist), Kiefer Sutherland, father and son duo Stellan Skarsgaard and Alexander Skarsgaard, Charlotte Rampling and Udo Kier (who’s previously been in two out of print Criterion DVDs, Flesh For Frankenstein and Blood For Dracula).
There isn’t much news on the actual plot of the film, other than it’s a ‘psychological disaster film’ and Von Trier promises ‘No more happy endings!’ The film starts shooting in Sweden in July of this year until September, due to the fact that Von Trier wants to take advantage of the Swedish summer light. We here at the Criterion Cast wonder again if we’ll see another Von Trier film in the Criterion Collection, even before the film is actually made.