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John Hurt joins Lars von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 18th, 2010

Just when you thought a cast couldn’t get any better.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, brilliant actor John Hurt has joined the already massive cast for Lars von Trier’s upcoming film, MELANCHOLIA. He joins Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Charlotte Rampling, Udo Kier, and both Alexander and Stellan Skarsgard.

This reportedly ends the casting for the film, which is set to kick off production in Sweden this July. All we really know about the project is that it is a “beautiful film about the end of the world” which, coming from the mind of von Trier, could mean just about anything. Also, it’s been called a sci-fi film, and with a minuscule $7.5 million budget, it’s definitely not going to be the next AVATAR. For that, I can’t be more excited.

I’ve always been a pretty big sci-fi fan, and it’s always at its very best, or at least its most interesting, when filmmakers have to take low budgets and make their stories. Throw in a surefire genius like von Trier and a cast like this, and you have easily my most anticipated film of 2011.

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