Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier goes mainstream -- well, as much as the determinedly indie director ever would -- in the trailer for his new all-star film. "A beautiful film about the end of the world," is the tag line for 'Melancholia,' which stars Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The setting is the marriage Justine (Dunst) to Michael ('True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard), but while small domestic dramas are playing themselves out, a mysterious planet is also making its ominous way towards earth.

'Armageddon,' this is not. The mood seems, well, melancholic, with swings toward soap-opera-ish high drama. Last year, von Trier described the film only as being "about two sisters and a planet." iframe frameborder="0" height="270" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/22072654?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=ffffff" width="480">

Melancholia from Zentropa on Vimeo.

Scenes of Dunst hint at a sci-fi element, as she appears to be channeling 'Heroes' electricity-generating mutant, Elle.

In a Danish interview, von Trier said that he considers all of his previous films to end happily, and that this will be the first with an unhappy ending, a bold statement considering how much murder, self-mutilation and other tragedies usually befall his characters.

What do you think? Would you check it out even if you're not a von Trier fan?