Lars von Trier’s Next Film will Star Matt Dillon as a Serial Killer



Matt Dillon in 'Armored' | Screen Gems
Matt Dillon in ‘Armored’ | Screen Gems

Filmmaker Lars von Trier, known for Dancer in the Dark, Antichrist and Nymphomaniac, among other works, has lined up his next film.

Von Trier will next helm The House That Jack Built, a dramatic thriller that will see Matt Dillon playing a serial killer named Jack. Deadline broke the news, reporting that the film will also star Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who many may remember from his portrayal of Hitler in the 2004 picture Downfall.



The House That Jack Built will be set over 12 years, highlighting the murders that transformed Jack into a serial killer. For Jack, each kill is an artwork in itself. As he comes closer to being caught, he takes greater risks in an attempt to craft the ultimate work of art. Ganz will be playing Verge, a mysterious man who talks to Jack about his actions and his thought process.

More cast members are to be revealed soon, with four prominent female roles still to be officially announced.

“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,” Von Trier said in a statement handed to Deadline.

“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.”

A number of Von Trier’s films have attracted controversy for their edgy content, such as Antichrist‘s depiction of violence and self-mutilation and Nymphomaniac‘s in-your-face sex. By the sounds of it, The House That Jack Built could be yet another polarising conversation-starter.

The House That Jack Built will be shooting in Trollhättan, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark. We’ll keep you informed.