Casting Net: Shia LaBeouf courting Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac.' Plus: Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Kim Basinger

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• Shia LaBeouf — apparently undeterred by the onslaught of "Shia LaBuff" jokes in the wake of his full-frontal appearance in a recent Sigur Ros music video — is in talks for an unspecified role in director Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac. As the title implies, the film follows the erotic adventures of a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) from her first sexual experience through age 50, with von Trier shooting both explicit and not-as-explicit versions of the film. Stellan Skarsgard will play the woman's husband, but likely not her only sexual partner, because that would be a bit of a let down, frankly. [THR]

• Ryan Reynolds is going spooky, starring in the psychological thriller Queen of the Night, about a father who begins to think is missing daughter is still alive eight years after she was abducted thanks to a series of unnerving clues. Director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) also penned the script with David Fraser. They’ll start shooting in February. [Deadline]

• Malin Akerman is negotiating to join the expanding cast of the thriller Breacher, about a team of DEA agents who start dying off one by one after they use an official operation as cover for a robbery. Arnold SchwarzeneggerSam WorthingtonTerrence Howard, and Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies) costar, with Joe Manganiello also recently in talks for a role. David Ayer (Harsh Times) is directing. [Variety]

• Kim Basinger has signed up for the indie drama One Square Mile, as the mother of a troubled teenager (Kelly BlatzProm). Richard JenkinsCam Gigandet, and Analeigh Tipton costar. Charles-Olivier Michaud (Snow & Ashes) is directing. [THR]

• Donald Faison (Clueless, NBC’s Scrubs) is in talks to join Kick-Ass 2 as Dr. Gravity, a heroic compatriot (and Columbia University English major) to the title masked vigilante. Aaron JohnsonChloe Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are all returning for the sequel. Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) is writing and directing; original helmer Matthew Vaughn is producing. It starts shooting this fall. [Deadline]

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