US actor Matt Dillon to star in Lars von Trier’s THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

The first casting choices for Lars von Trier’s upcoming feature, The House That Jack Built, have been announced.

The US actor Matt Dillon will star as Jack, and Swiss actor Bruno Ganz will take on the role as the mysterious Verge, who engages Jack in a recurring conversation about his actions and thoughts.


“It’s with great pleasure that we have succeeded in being able to present Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz as the lead actors in The House That Jack Built. The two gentlemen have each figured as milestones in my cinematic development. Besides being an epochal match, they are excellent actors and fit quite organically into “my cinematic family”. I look forward with pleasure and pride to working with them both,” states Lars von Trier.

The House That Jack Built follows the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and introduces the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.

Shootings will take place in Trollhättan, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.