Nearly a year ago, audiences and critics alike were concerned for Kirsten Dunst when she announced her acceptance of a female role in the Lars von Trier movie, Melancholia. Lars von Trier, a legendary Danish filmmaker, is infamously known for putting his characters, and ultimately their actresses, through reenactments of genital mutilation, rape, and other provocative escapades.
Fortunately for Dunst, Lars von Trier said,
“I think that Kirsten got off far too easy. She was not dragged through any masturbation. She has a very smooth ride, I would say.”
The sci-fi drama features two sisters, played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Because the neighboring planet, Melancholia, is set to collide with Earth, the duo is faced with the trials and tribulations of the world’s end. The movie also stars Keifer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Alexander Skarsgard, Stellan Skarsgard, Udo Kier, and John Hurt.
Melancholia, one of the most anticipated films of 2011, will debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May and will be released to theaters in the following months.
Check out the photos above of Kirsten Dunst and boyfriend Jason Boesel as they leave a Paul Simon concert at the Pantages Theater.