John Hurt cast in Lars' Melancholia
John Hurt has joined the cast of Lars von Trier's Melancholia.
The Alien star will appear alongside Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling and Charlotte Gainsbourg in the disaster movie, it was announced at Cannes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Peter A Jensen, head of von Trier's production firm, Zentropa, described Melancholia as a "beautiful film about the end of the world", but refused to reveal too many plot details.
He hinted the story centres around a "large object from outer space approaching Earth" affecting those who inhabit it.
Father and son Stellan and Alexander Skarsgard complete the cast, along with German actor Udo Kier, who has appeared in almost all of von Trier's films.
Shooting is scheduled to begin on July 19 in Trollhattan, Sweden.