If you’ve been wondering where Kirsten Dunst has been hiding since hearing about Spider-Man 4 being scrapped in favor of a hipper, cheaper reboot we’ve got your answer. According to Deadline, the actress has landed a role in controversial director Lars Von Trier’s next project entitled Melancholia. She’ll play the lead in the film that will also feature Jack Bauer and Eric Northman in supporting roles.

Originally the lead in Melancholia was supposed to go to Penelope Cruz but she opted out in favor of a part in the Disney tentpole, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This film is said to fit into the “sci-fi disaster” genre but besides that the storyline has been kept under wraps. Besides Dunst, Melancholia will star Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgard his dad Stellan Skarsgard, and Charlotte Gainsburg who previously worked with the director on AntiChrist.

Currently, Dunst is working on a film called Upside Down opposite Jim Sturgess, which is due out next year. It’s been a while since she’s been in anything that the general public has seen. How To Lose Friends & Alienate People came out two years ago and the drama All Good Things she recently shot doesn’t have a release date yet.

Maybe her performance in Melancholia will show us something new that we haven’t seen before. Perhaps it can breathe new life into her career?

What do you think of Kirsten Dunst replacing Cruz in Melancholia?