Earlier this week at a press conference Film i Väst and Zentropa announced that Uma Thurman and Siobhan Fallon Hogan have joined the cast of Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built.
The film is set in 1970s USA and follows the highly intelligent Jack through five incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chances. Along the way we experience Jack’s descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult manoeuvres.
Matt Dillon is playing Jack, and Riley Keough, Sofie Gråbøl and Bruno Ganz have been announced as characters in the film.
During Berlin International Film Festival earlier this month, von Trier published an image of himself with a cinematic reference to the Carl Th. Dreyer film Vampyr and followed up with a teasing statement to The Guardian: “THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT celebrates the idea that life is evil and soulless, which is sadly proven by the recent rise of the Homo trumpus – the rat king.”
The House That Jack Built will begin shooting in Trollhättan, Sweden in March and move on to Copenhagen in May.