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The actress was initially linked to the provocative director’s new film, which looks back at a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac’s erotic experiences with a man who saved her after a beating, but has reportedly pulled out, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While a reason for Kidman’s departure has not been confirmed, it is thought she is not keen to star in the project since director Lars von Trier revealed he is planning to film real sex scenes.
But von Trier can bank on Shia LaBeouf’s involvement – the 26-year-old star of Lawless and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps sent von Trier videos of him and his girlfriend having sex as part of his audition to be in the film.
LaBeouf said: “The movie is what you think it is. It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he’s making. For instance, there’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real.
“Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening.”
Charlotte Gainsbourg is to play sex addict Joe in the movie, and Willem Dafoe, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, and Stellan Skarsgard are also in line to appear in the motion picture.
Two versions of the film, hardcore and softcore, are to be released in 2013.