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Matt Dillon to play serial killer for Lars von Trier

Thandie Newton and Matt Dillon in Crash

Story by Jack Foley

MATT Dillon is to star as a serial killer in Lars von Trier’s new film, The House That Jack Built.

The film, which was originally envisaged as a TV series, will unfold from the point of view of the murderer, Jack, and will follow him over 12 years as he carries out a series of killings, each of which he believes is a work of art.

Veteran Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who memorably played Hitler in The Downfall, has also been cast as Verge, to whom Jack speaks about his actions and thoughts.

Commenting on the casting news, provocative filmmaker Von Trier – whose films include Antichrist and Nymphomaniac – said he was delighted to be working with the two actors.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

The House That Jack Built is expected to be released in 2018.

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