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Howard’s daughter wins choice role

Bryce Howard to replace Nicole Kidman in ‘Dogville’ trilogy

Bryce Howard, the 21-year-old daughter of director Ron Howard, will likely replace Nicole Kidman in Danish director Lars von Trier’s next two films that make up the trilogy he started with “Dogville,” the film’s producer said Wednesday.

Howard, who's shooting M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, “The Village” with Joaquin Phoenix, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver, is negotiating a contract with von Trier, said his producer, Vibeke Windeloev.

“We are currently getting the last pieces to fall in place,” she said. “These are only details so I am very confident that she will be on the team” when shooting on “Mandalay” starts March 1 in Sweden.

Von Trier’s Depression-era fairy tale “Dogville” generated excitement at this year’s Cannes Film Festival but didn’t win a prize. Some found the three-hour film about sadism in small-town America too long and torturous.

Kidman couldn’t continue in the trilogy because of scheduling conflicts with “Mandalay.”

The eccentric Danish filmmaker has won a string of prizes at the Cannes festival, including the Golden Palms in 2000 for “Dancer in the Dark” with French icon Catherine Deneuve and Icelandic pop star Bjork.

“Lars picked Bryce Howard because of her fantastic radiation,” Windeloev said, adding she and von Trier believe she “will become a big star.”

The little-known actress appeared in her father’s 1995 movie, “Apollo 13,” and in his 2000 film, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with Jim Carrey.