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Kirsten Dunst Joins Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'

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Apr 16, 2010 | 3:58am EDT

Kirsten DunstSource: Deadline New York

Though she's been somewhat reclusive from the silver screen since her tenure as Mary Jane Watson ended, Kirsten Dunst has resurfaced, joining Danish auteur Lars Von Trier's latest production, the sci-fi disaster flick Melancholia, reports Deadline New York. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård and Udo Kier are also attached to roles.

Penelope Cruz was previously in negotiations for the role before she took the role of Blackbeard's daughter in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides instead, which will shoot straight through Melancholia's July-September production period.

The news marks a fresh start in Dunst's career, which has been significantly pigeon-holed due to her involvement in the lucrative but time-consuming Spider-Man franchise. Having appeared in just two films since the series wrapped three years ago, it's about time that she got back in the game and Von Trier's most ambitious film to date is as good a start as any - as long as there aren't squeamish sequences like his last film, Antichrist, forced upon us.

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