Christoph Waltz in Carnage

Since his breakout turn in 2009′s Inglourious Basterds, Christoph Waltz has become one of Hollywood’s favorite go-to baddies. He’s terrorized superheroes in The Green Hornet, circus workers in Water For Elephants, swashbucklers in The Three Musketeers, and tiny warriors in Epic. Now he may do the same for Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Waltz is reportedly being eyed to play Captain Brand in the high seas adventure, while Rebecca Hall is wanted to play Jack’s love interest Carina. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing the new adventure from a script by Jeff Nathanson. More about Waltz and Hall’s potential roles after the jump.

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Horrible Bosses

The original cast of Horrible Bosses – Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey — are now at work bringing their original roles back to life in Horrible Bosses 2. Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz are also on board, playing “new adversaries standing between the guys and their dreams of success.”

What are those dreams of success, exactly? They involve what can only be called a giant paradigm shift for these losers. Read More »

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Briefly: A couple weeks ago it was said that the producers of Horrible Bosses 2 wanted Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz to join the film’s returning cast; the idea was for them to play a father/son duo “who terrorize the main characters as their new bosses.” Pine signed on pretty quickly, but Waltz was supposedly unable to commit. Now the scheduling issues, or the script qualms, or whatever problem was keeping he and the film apart have been resolved.

So Variety reports that Waltz and Pine will make life hell for characters played by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day, as Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, and Kevin Spacey do entertaining stuff on the periphery.

The film begins shooting in LA, and now has a release date of Nov. 28, 2014. Sean Anders is directing from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.

 

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You can’t make a movie called Horrible Bosses 2 without a few horrible bosses, so director Sean Anders and studio New Line are looking at a couple of notable names to play the villains.

Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine are reportedly being courted to play a nasty father-son boss pair who’ll presumably make life hell for our poor heroes (returning stars Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day). More details on the potential casting after the jump.

Update: Variety has confirmed that Pine’s deal is done, so he’s definitely in the movie.

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Christoph Waltz and Emma Stone Eyed for ‘Tarzan’

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After mixing it up with a good guy role in Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz could head back to the dark side for Tarzan. Warner Bros. and director David Yates reportedly want Waltz to play the villain in the big-budget adventure, opposite Alexander Skarsgard as the King of the Jungle.

Meanwhile, the studio is also getting serious about casting for the female lead role of Jane, with Emma Stone and Margot Robbie among the names being eyed. Hit the jump to get the info on Waltz’s character and more.

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Terry Gilliam‘s new film The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as a nervous, put-upon data processing agent who is looking for a mathematical explanation of existence. He’s also waiting for the most important phone call of his life, and fending off distraction from an attractive woman sent to him by the Management.

If you think that all sounds like quintessential Terry Gilliam you’re very likely correct. The first trailer and footage shown at Comic Con make the film out to be connected — spiritually, at least — to Gilliam’s film Brazil. And with every photo released (such as the one above) we get new glimpses of the director’s odd and rather pessimistic vision of the future… or the present.

Now we’ve got the first poster for the film, which you can see below. There’s also a statement from Gilliam about his intentions. Finally, and even better, you can watch the video introduction the director recorded for Comic Con. It’s a great video intro from the director in which his personality really shines through. (And in which he insists and confirms, comically, that Matt Damon is in the movie.) Read More »

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I’ve said it before: if you get a chance to option an article written by David Grann, do it. The guy’s got a masterful nose for story, or one hell of an editor at the New Yorker), and his articles are almost universally being used as the basis for films.

(Other Grann work in development includes The Old Man and the GunThe Lost City of Z, The Yankee Comandante and The Brand; his article The Chameleon inspired The Imposter.)

One piece, True Crime, was optioned by producers Brett Ratner and David Gerson, who once had the project set up at Focus. That situation didn’t work out, but now they’ve landed Christoph Waltz to star. The story tells of a Polish writer who was targeted as the prime suspect in a cold case murder thanks to his novel in which the details of one character’s murder lined up surprisingly well with those of the real case.

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Big Eyes Adams Burton Waltz

For the past several decades, the name Tim Burton all but guaranteed a film with an element of fantasy. It seems he wants a break. Though the director has several potential films on his plate, his next is likely to be a small, true story.

Once a producer on the film, Burton is now set to direct Big Eyes, the true story of legendary painter Margaret Keane and her husband Walter. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are attached to play the Keanes from a script by Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The Weinstein Company is likely to produce and distribute. Read More »

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