'Transformers' star in talks to join an ambitious erotic film project from the notorious director

Shia LaBeouf is in talks to join the cast of Nymphomaniac, the new erotic film project from Danish director Lars Von Trier.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nymphomaniac will trace the sexual progress of a woman, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, from her youth to the age of 50. Gainsbourg’s character will recount her erotic memories to her husband, played by Stellan Skarsgård, but it is not known what role LaBeouf would take.

Nymphomaniac will be split into two standalone films, each of which will receive a milder and more explicit cut from Von Trier. The film is scheduled to go into production next month (September), with Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe also rumoured to be appearing in smaller roles.

Von Trier (pictured right) is well-known for his use of explicit sexual images in films such as 1998’s The Idiots and 2009’s Antichrist, in which a female character – also played by Gainsbourg – is seen performing an act of genital self-mutilation. The director caused controversy last year (2011) when he called himself a “Nazi” while promoting his movie Melancholia at Cannes. He was subsequently expelled from the festival and later apologised for his remarks.

LaBeouf, 26, is best known for his roles in the Transformers movies and 2008’s Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. He will next be seen alongside Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman in Western film Lawless, which is scheduled for release on August 31 in the US and September 7 in the UK.