Christoph Waltz is Villainous Again in The Green Hornet
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.