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Christoph Waltz joins Terry Gilliam's next outing The Zero Theorem

08.13.2012

The affable Christoph Waltz has been cast in the lead of director Terry Gilliam's next film entitled, THE ZERO THEOREM.  The pairing seems rather fitting, as Gilliam is known for surrounding himself with some of the best actors/actresses in Hollywood. 

From Deadline: Waltz will play Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst who works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence—or the lack thereof—once and for all.

Here's a detailed synopsis of Pat Rushin's script for the pic:

Living in an Orwellian corporate world where “mancams” serve as the eyes of a shadowy figure known only as Management, Leth (Waltz) works on a solution to the strange theorem while living as a virtual cloistered monk in his home—the shattered interior of a fire-damaged chapel. His isolation and work are interrupted now and then by surprise visits from Bainsley, a flamboyantly lusty love interest who tempts him with “tantric biotelemetric interfacing” (virtual sex) and Bob. Latter is the rebellious whiz-kid teenage son of Management who, with a combination of insult-comedy and an evolving true friendship, spurs on Qohen’s efforts at solving the theorem.

But these visits turn out to be intentional diversions orchestrated by Management to keep control of Qohen’s progress. Bob creates a virtual reality “inner-space” suit that will carry Qohen on an inward voyage, a close encounter with the hidden dimensions and truth of his own soul, wherein lie the answers both he and Management are seeking. The suit and supporting computer technology will perform an inventory of Qohen’s soul, either proving or disproving the Zero Theorem.

THE ZERO THEOREM is currently in pre-production with production set to being in late October with an eye towards release in 2013.  Stay tuned for more.

Extra Tidbit: Gilliam turned down the opportunity to direct Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Enemy Mine, and Forrest Gump, and Alien: Resurrection. Gump aside, I would've loved to have seen what he would've done with any of those films, ESPECIALLY Alien: Resurrection.
Source: Deadline

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