Dienstag, September 15, 2009

Christoph Waltz als Green Hornet Villain

Christoph Waltz, who is generating raves for his role as a Nazi in "Inglourious Basterds," has signed on to play the villain in Columbia Pictures' action comedy "The Green Hornet."

Waltz will play Chudnofsky, a Los Angeles crime boss who tries to unite the city's various gangs in order to form a supermafia.

The Austrian actor replaces Nicolas Cage, who had been in talks to take the role but walked away from negotiations last week when a contract couldn't be finalized.

Seth Rogen plays the titular role in "Hornet," a newspaper publisher by day who becomes a masked crime fighter at night. Asian pop star Jay Chou plays his martial arts-skilled sidekick and chauffeur Kato, while Cameron Diaz plays the love interest.

Waltz, who's a regular on German television, won the best actor award at the Cannes Intl. Film Festival for his role in "Basterds." His credits also include the films "Lapislazuli," "Gun-Shy," "Falling Rocks," "Ordinary Decent Criminal" and "Goldeneye."

Michel Gondry is helming "Hornet" from a script by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, that's based upon "The Green Hornet" radio series by George W. Trendle. Neal H. Moritz is producing.

Pic, which had originally been skedded for release next summer, will now bow Dec. 17, 2010.

Quelle: Variety

Auf der einen Seite schön zu sehen, dass Waltz durch die Zusammenarbeit mit Tarantino scheinbar die Tür gen Hollywood weit geöffnet wurde aber ob seine Wahl als Villain in Green Hornet die richtige war, wird sich erst noch herausstellen. Sowieso ist das ein stranges Projekt, mit Rogen als Held und Gondry als Regisseur. So strange, dass es schon wieder klappen könnte.

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