We've known for some time that Lars von Trier's next film, The House That Jack Built, would be a serial killer drama with some type of connection to Jack The Ripper. Today, thanks to a just-released plot synopsis, we've got some clarification.
Here's what it says (via The Playlist):
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT takes place in 1970s USA. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chances. Along the way we experience Jack’s descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult manoeuvres.
Jack, as we learned a month or two ago, will be played by Matt Dillon. The rest of the cast is filled out by Riley Keough, Sofie Gråbøland, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Bruno Ganz, and - as of this morning - the always-welcome Uma Thurman (who's rejoining von Trier after working with the director on Nymphomaniac). We're into all of this.
The House That Jack Built begins filming this month. Let's hope it's done in time for Christmas, so we can all go see it with our families after opening presents.
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