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Christoph Waltz is Villainous Again in The Green Hornet

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September 14, 2009
Source: Deadline Hollywood

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Good - nay, great - news, everyone! If you remember, at the beginning of the month we revealed a few more choice casting decisions for Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet, including Edward James Olmos and Tom Wilkinson. At that time, the role of the "gangster villain" had yet to be inhabited, but the rumors were that Nicolas Cage was close to signing on. Well, enter Christoph Waltz, fresh off his sure-to-be-nominated performance as Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds who, according to Nikki Finke on Deadline Hollywood, has just been cast to play the villain in this instead of Cage. Now that's a big step up!

If I were the other actors, namely Seth Rogen, I'd be a bit intimidated to have Waltz as my opposition. And, talk about elevating a film beyond the height it had already achieved - and escaping the Nicolas Cage plague. The playful, but always eerie, aspects of Waltz's Inglourious Basterds performance should prove to mesh perfectly with director Michel Gondry's action-comedy aesthetic. There's no doubt in my mind that this is the perfect man for the job. Personally, I want as much Christoph Waltz as I can get, even if it's in big studio features like this. Sony Pictures has currently set The Green Hornet for release on December 17th, 2010.

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  • Interesting. I found him to be a fascinating villian in IB. I think this is a much better choice than Cage, though I do like Nick.
  • That. Is. Awesome. Any trouble that this film has had getting off the ground can be put behind us after this casting news. I can't wait to see what he brings to the picture.
  • Peter Parker
    Interesting thought, Waltz as lead villain in Green Hornet. Seems like a Marvelous idea. I have a feeling that The Green Hornet movie is going to be amazing.
  • Cody
    That's a...how do you say... BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Al
    awesome is an understatement. waltz is a great choice.
  • Voice of Reason
    So long as he's not fast-tracked for a million movies and spreads himself as thin across Hollywood in the same tiring fashion as Rogen did..... Honestly, I also have very little faith in Gondry as a director right now, I think his last 3 major releases were borderline miserable and made me want to claw my eyeballs out. If there's an action scene with any cardboard cut-outs, I will find him, and punch Gondry's tiny french balls as hard as security will let me. Irregardless, despite anyones feelings on Gondry, it will remain to be seen if Waltz is as enjoyable to watch under Gondry's direction as we all loved him under Tarantino's. Lastly, Waltz's resume reflects a sense of prestige and legitimacy that "Green hornet" just doesnt seem on par with...
  • Spider
    It's a BINGO! Kick ass choice! I thought Waltz stole the "Inglorious Basterds" flick and blew Pitt off the screen! This flick has NOW gotten considerably interesting! :) ***As for Gondry, I'm sure he will be stepping up his game. Bring it on!
  • xerxex
    Green Hornet just took a huge leap! I have been following this film closely, and now I'm even ore interested!
  • SuicidalOptimist
    Waltz was always best as shady, evil and assholish character in German movies, and I am sure with his part as a villain in this one...oh man, that's such awesome news. Not to sound cocky or smug, but...personally he seems a little overqualified for it. >.<
  • Jonathan
    Wow. Replacing Nicolas Cage with Christoph Waltz is like taking a pile of shit and replacing it with 24-carot gold. Cage isn't necessarily a bad actor, but is there any performance in the last...10 years that he hasn't totally phoned in? Go Christoph!
  • Governor
    Diversity is a thing of the past.
  • Cmurder
    @ #6 "Irregardless, despite anyones feelings on Gondry..." Irregradless?? Kill yourself.
  • this film just got a lot better.
  • -Peter-
    it's not coming for over a YEAR. fuck.
  • Victor
    Let's wait and see what happens. Still I don't have faith in this movie. I loved the performance of Waltz as Hans Landa but still something doesn't add up...
  • USAUSAUSA
    USA! USA! USA!
  • SlashBeast
    Behold! The typecast in action!
  • Clover
    There is nothing GREAT about the HACK Rogen destroying the sacred Hornet. Rogen equals EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!! So dead to me.
  • lila
    I love Waltz like a fat kid loves cake but for the love of god Hollywood asshats, don't typecast a talented actor like him. He plays protagonists pretty well in German movies too. Also please, anyone but Seth Rogen.
  • SlashBeast
    #19 Dickface, as if other film studios don't typecast actors. Hollywood brought him to you in the first place.
  • Trademark
    man has any other film gone on a rollercoaster ride like this before even filming???
  • 1-7
    ^ Yes. Gain some cinema knowledge.
  • James Lenaghan
    I'm not happy about this. Bruce Lee is one of my heroes, so for these big Hollywood producers to essentially replace Bruce with some other random Chinese actor pisses me off. Worse than the Bruceploitation that went on during the 1970's and 80's.

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