These stars look like they are having sex. Lots of it.
That's the impression from a series of new posters for Lars Von Trier's latest big-screen provocation, Nymphomaniac.
And by the sheer looks of ecstasy on the faces of Uma Thurman, Christian Slater and Shia LaBeouf—the first two actors appear to be at a climactic moment while the latter is seems to be enjoying a post-coital cigarette—moviegoers are in for a ride of supposedly epic sexual proportions.
The film follows Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac of the title, who's found beaten in an alley and recounts the story of her sexual adventures. Thurman plays a woman simply dubbed Mrs. H; Slater is Joe's young-looking father, while LaBeouf plays a guy named Jerôme.
In all, 14 character posters have hit the web, all of which find the cast members—which also include Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Jamie Bell, Mia Goth, Willem Dafoe, Stacy Martin and Connie Nielsen—posing in the throes of passion.
Talk about a tease.
Nymphomaniac generated buzz before shooting even began after Shia told MTV News last year that he would go as far as the controversial Danish filmmaker asked when it came to the erotic drama's explicit sex scenes, even implying that he'd forgo simulating copulation in favor of the real thing if necessary.
"Everything that is illegal, we'll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening," he said at the time.
As it turns out, LaBeouf was only half right. Von Trier shot the A-listers simulating sex, but as a Nymphomaniac producer told The Hollywood Reporter, the director digitally replaced their privates with those of porn actors doing the deed for real.
The film—which will supposedly be issued in an NC-17 and an R-rated version—is slated to hit theaters in Denmark on Christmas Day with a U.S. release expected next year.