Casting Notes Out for a New Grace in Von Trier's "Manderlay"
After gradually downgrading her involvement in the next chapter of director Lars Von Trier’s "USA– Land of Opportunities" trilogy over the course of 5 months, Nicole Kidman is officially out of “Manderlay.” To no Variety reader's surprise, the second part of the trilogy (the first was “Dogville,” which was nominated for a Palm D'or at Cannes) is now looking for a new actress to play Grace, the role that Kidman originated in the first film, according to casting notices that FilmJerk.com has obtained.
In May at Cannes, Kidman said during a press conference there was no doubt she would star in his next picture, saying, "Lars, I'm going to star in your pictures, no matter what it will cost." In September, it was a slightly different tune, as she was quoted as saying "I would love to do it, but I need some time off first and he wants to film it during that time." Less than two weeks later, word came that she officially ankled the project and Von Trier saying that he is willing to use a different actress in the role for each of the two next films. And now comes the point of no return (we think), as auditions are currently being scheduled for the role with both A-listers and unknowns in the running.
Grace is described in the casting notes, which are sent to agents of actresses, as “vulnerable, lovely, strong, innocent (on the sexual level) and having a twinkle in her eye.” The charismatic role is listed as being between the age of 25 and 35, with no hint that they are looking for someone who resembles Kidman.
Filming in Copenhagen, Denmark, the production will start filming at the beginning of March for a ten-week shoot.