Shia LaBeouf has come a long way from Even Stevens. To prove just how far removed he is from the popular Disney Channel program, LaBeouf will let it all hang out for his next project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Transformers star has signed on for controversial director Lars von Trier’s upcoming project The Nymphomaniac. The film, an erotic drama which will be released in two parts, requires its actors to perform real sex acts in front of the camera, LaBeouf included.
“(The movie] is what you think it is,” he explained to MTV News. “It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he’s making. For instance, there’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening.”
Von Trier, who also directed the 2011 drama Melancholia with Kirsten Dunst and Kiefer Sutherland, is certainly no stranger to tackling sexually explicit material. The filmmaker’s 2009 effort Antichrist, for example, opened with sex scene that’s laced with what many have described as “hardcore pornography.” Of course, by the time you’ve made it to the end of the picture, that scene pales in comparison to the things you’ve encountered.
LaBeouf’s participation in The Nymphomaniac is another clear indication that the young actor is done with the Hollywood system. In a recent interview with The Hollywood reporter, he explained his frustrations with the industry, and how creativity is practically non-existent in mainstream films.
“I’m done,” he explained to the magazine. “There’s no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist. You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he’s f—ed. There’s no way for him to exist in that world.”
Lars von Trier’s The Nymphomaniac, which will feature Shia LaBeouf in all his naked glory, is scheduled for release sometime next year.