Avengers star cast in Lars von Trier’s “porno” Nymphomaniac

Stellan Skarsgard – last seen as Dr. Eric Selvic in Marvel’s Thor and set to reprise his role in Joss Whedon’s upcoming team-up flick The Avengers – is a bold man.

Skarsgard told E! News he has agreed to star in Lars von Trier’s new film Nymphomaniac, after receiving the following call from the controversial auteur.

“Lars called and said ‘my next film will be a porno, I want you to play the lead’.”

As has been previously reported, the film will focus on “the erotic life of a woman from the age of zero to the age of 50.” Lars plans on shooting both a softcore and a hardcore cut of the film.

The director – who was famously banned from the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year after jokingly declaring that he was “a nazi” – spoke about the film at Berlin this past week.

“I’m talking to all the ladies I knew when I was young, who are now 50 and 60, and if you take a woman of 50 or 60 who has been sexually active, they will talk for hours. And this is fantastic, it’s a pleasure and I smile all the way, and that’s why I want to extend the research time. You have no idea how dirty the female mind is!”

Skarsgard has previously worked with von Trier in Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville and the yet-to-be released Melancholia.

Discuss: But which lucky lady will get to play the female lead opposite Stellan?

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